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I have an antique incubator that was my great grandmas and she had a pretty nice chicken farm with the a huge coop, which was pretty much a small barn (the chickens were before my time) and now it (the incubator) sits in the carriage barn (now the garage) in the loft. I have a few pictures, and I was able to find very little information on this. Sorry some of the pictures aren't very great. I took them with  my phone.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41188_img_20111009_171701.jpg
view from the front

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view of the top

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a device on the right side (the picture is sideways)

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A view of the device from the top of it.

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The device from the side of the incubator.

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The inside of the incubator. It has two racks.

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it says "Des Moines Incubator Co." and underneath it says "Successful"

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this side says "Des Moines Iowa" and underneath that it says "incubator"

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View of the top of the incubator. It has a hole in the top with a copper clip or something.

So, what does everybody think? Is there anyway I could still use it today?

post #2 of 21

Nice!!! thumbsup hope it works out for you

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post #3 of 21

That is a beautiful old incubator, please get it out, clean it up, and make it useful again! I hate to see it wasting away there when it could be used, it is so pretty!

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here is a link to one that is exactly the same. They think it was made in 1894.

http://auctionworld.squarespace.com/appraisals/whats-it-worth-des-moines-successful-incubator.html

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I was actually hoping I could modify the incubator and use it. I've never used an incubator before though. What would I have to do to it to use it?

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Originally Posted by Agdketo 

here is a link to one that is exactly the same. They think it was made in 1894.

http://auctionworld.squarespace.com/appraisals/whats-it-worth-des-moines-successful-incubator.html


LOL. They say you can turn it into an incredible table or kitchen island. Whaaaaat!!!  tongue

What's wrong with keeping it as what it actually is - an incredible old incubator? hu

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Originally Posted by Gypsy07 
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Originally Posted by Agdketo 

here is a link to one that is exactly the same. They think it was made in 1894.

http://auctionworld.squarespace.com/appraisals/whats-it-worth-des-moines-successful-incubator.html


LOL. They say you can turn it into an incredible table or kitchen island. Whaaaaat!!!  tongue

What's wrong with keeping it as what it actually is - an incredible old incubator? hu


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Cool!

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post #9 of 21

That looks like a Redwood incubator.  That's quite a score if you can get ownership of it.

It's worth the time to get it cleaned up and working again.  All original if you can manage it. That wood needs to be cleaned and oiled pretty badly.

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Originally Posted by Agdketo 

I was actually hoping I could modify the incubator and use it. I've never used an incubator before though. What would I have to do to it to use it?


It looks to have been heated with a kerosene lamp.  That's what the gizmo on the side is for.  Lamp goes under and heat is piped into the Incubator.

To use it in today's world I would suggest installing a wafer thermostat and a fan and heating element from a gqf Sportsman type Incubator. Really simple to do.


Edited by Dogginfox - 10/11/11 at 12:07am
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