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On our November 29th hatch-along we had some pretty neat posts with homemade incubators for quai eggs / any eggs really so I thought I'd start another post where you could post pics of your homemade incubators to give us not so crafty folks a place to learn from.  I am going to be building one soon hopefully, I actually got a head start because my uncle gas given me 2 little giant turner setups, one for quail and one for chickens, now I just need to figure out how to build everything else lol

Pics or ideas are welcome folks

Wearing myself out raising chickens, quail, pheasants, pigeons, and an Australian Shepherd lol.
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Wearing myself out raising chickens, quail, pheasants, pigeons, and an Australian Shepherd lol.
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/chicken-coop-incubator.html  thumbsup

175 Georgia Giant Bobwhites--40 New Zealand Rabbits, 1 Cali Rabbit- 5 Royal Palm Turkeys--1 Bronze Turkey and sometimes a Partrige in a pine tree........
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175 Georgia Giant Bobwhites--40 New Zealand Rabbits, 1 Cali Rabbit- 5 Royal Palm Turkeys--1 Bronze Turkey and sometimes a Partrige in a pine tree........
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Wow good link

Wearing myself out raising chickens, quail, pheasants, pigeons, and an Australian Shepherd lol.
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Wearing myself out raising chickens, quail, pheasants, pigeons, and an Australian Shepherd lol.
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I started a post here the other day about the hatcher I'm working on and it got moved.  Anyway, here is a picture of it.  The left side has record shelves which I plan to make trays for and use as a hatcher.  The right side is big enough to hold a couple LG egg turners.  I am focusing on left side hatcher first hoping to put my quail eggs over into it next week.  I have a hole in back with a computer fan pulling in fresh air.  I am using a small ceramic heater with a water heater thermostat attached to the front of it with a bracket.  So far it is doing okay, cutting on and off within 1.3 degrees.  Going to try to get it within .5 degrees by moving the thermostat closer to the heater.  It is about 1/5 inch away from it now. 

Next month I hope to get a digital thermostat from Incubator Warehouse, but if I get this set up working just right I may not worry with it. 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/86697_homemade_hatcher.jpg

Speckled Sussex.  I have a link on my homepage to some pictures of them.
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Speckled Sussex.  I have a link on my homepage to some pictures of them.
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Very cool,  I am thinking of doing something for a hatcher because I am constantly starting eggs at different times so that leaves me in limbo trying to turn eggs without disturbing the other eggs or letting humidity out. 

Ideally I would like to have a turner in my incubator that allowed me to take half of the egg trays off but this one doesnt for some reason so I have to totally remove the turner and place all the eggs on the floor of the incubator then reach in really quick a couple times a day to roll the eggs that are not ready to hatch,  maybe I will just make a hatcher out of a styrofoam cooler or something

Wearing myself out raising chickens, quail, pheasants, pigeons, and an Australian Shepherd lol.
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Wearing myself out raising chickens, quail, pheasants, pigeons, and an Australian Shepherd lol.
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I've got a half finnished cooler bator sitting storage. Right now it's just a styrofoam shipping cooler with a window in the top and a hwc floor 2" from the bottom (there was a perfect little lip there). I've got a few other things that go with it eventually but I still need to get a water heater thermostat and a lamp kit.ETA: love your hatcher Orange ribbon


Edited by rittert3 - 11/30/11 at 6:07pm

 I finally have birds again! 1 trio of mille & spangled OGEBs and getting 72 coturnix quail eggs shipped to me when the tax return comes in.

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 I finally have birds again! 1 trio of mille & spangled OGEBs and getting 72 coturnix quail eggs shipped to me when the tax return comes in.

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Here is my homemade hatcher its not fancy but it does hold perfect temp and humidity and it cost about 20 biucks....http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/79101_100b5240.jpg

                                                                                                                                                                   and it does work...http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/79101_100_5251.jpg          here is a pic of my homemade bator . http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/79101_100_5261.jpg

I thought i lost my mind till i was told you cant lose something you never had !!!
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I thought i lost my mind till i was told you cant lose something you never had !!!
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post #8 of 137

My cooler is just like sixshooters first pic wink. I think I'm going to find a scrap peice of 1" copper pipe to punch my whole for all the "guts", wires, and lamp kit. I ruined a knife and used up a brand new cigerette lighter cutting the window, roll lol. I think copper pipe and a propane torch should work nicely.


Edited by rittert3 - 12/1/11 at 2:59pm

 I finally have birds again! 1 trio of mille & spangled OGEBs and getting 72 coturnix quail eggs shipped to me when the tax return comes in.

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 I finally have birds again! 1 trio of mille & spangled OGEBs and getting 72 coturnix quail eggs shipped to me when the tax return comes in.

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post #9 of 137

I have two incubators. Here are some pictures of my cooler incubator. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_humidity_pics_002.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_ventilation_holes_001.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_newchickeneggs_003.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_newchickeneggs_002.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_newchickeneggs_001.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_031.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_030.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_017.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_021.jpg 9 out of 9 hatched the first time I used it. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_chicks_hatching_001.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_updated_pic_001.jpg

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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Here is my homemade Fridge incubator. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_fridgebatorwafer_003.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_fridgebatorwafer_002.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_fridgebatorwafer_001.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_fridgebatorwafer_007.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_fridgebatorwafer_006.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_fridgebatorwafer_005.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/70328_fridgebatorwafer_004.jpg Both of my incubators run perfectly, neither of them fluctuate. My fridge incubator stays at 99.7 degrees.

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

http://www.backya...

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