I can't believe it is chick season already! Crazy!
I have been working on building my first incubator and even built my own egg turner!!!! I "finished" yesterday and am now testing and making modifications. Everything was working beautifully all day yesterday, but I woke up to a temp of 103. I'm not sure what would cause a temperature spike? I am using a stc-1000 electronic temperature controller if anyone has any ideas, the controller was properly reading the temp at 103 (and my backup thermometer also read 103), I'm just not sure why it allowed it to get that high. I am using 2 60-watt bulbs to heat the joint, have 2 large fans, one blowing over the bulbs and the other pointed down to blow the hot air down. I have plenty of ventilation holes. Anyway, I am gathering eggs this week and will be setting this weekend. Hopefully that gives me enough time to get this figured out! I think I'm going to try 40 watt bulbs and see if that makes a difference unless anyone has any other ideas!
So far total cost for incubator and turner is around $175.
Here she is. It is an 140 quart cooler and will hold and turn around 70 eggs when full!
Auto egg turner. Ignore all the extra holes, there was some trial and error on getting the dowels in the right spots lol.
Nice job, looks fantastic! Go with lower wattage, I had to go to 25 watts in my small coolerbator to get proper temp.