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I have a habit of thinking my projects threw till I think I have everything perfect before I actually start building something. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with being to lazy to do things twice if I can help it. When I desided I needed to build a big incubator I had a fridge in mind from the start. What I couldn't figure out is how to keep the air moveing in the fridge so that you dont get any thermal layering. In an empty fridge its not that hard but when you add shelves of eggs...
[URL="http://www.cmfarm.us"]www.cmfarm.us[/URL] Lets say I built an incubator.(Incubator A) An I put enough vent holes so that the air in the incubator replaced its self every hour. After trial an error I figure out that I have to run my humidity at 40% to get a good hatch rate. Now lets say I built two more almost identical. Incubator B: I put in enough vent holes to let the air replace its self every two hours. Incubator C: I put in enough vent holes to let the air replace its self every 30 minutes. Now I set all three...
I see all the great home made incubators on here. They find all kinds of thermostats, heat elements an insulated boxes. But they all have the same flaw that the commercial models have. Big $1000 models all the way down to the $50 foam ones all rely on air space as thermal mass. They assume that the more airspace in the incubator the more stable the temperature will be. Which is true if your thermostat never acts up an you never open the incubator. Air is about the worst thermal mass you...
[URL="http://www.cmfarm.us"]www.cmfarm.us[/URL] 2X4 welded wire cut to size. Not bomb proof but pretty strong an the cage its self only weighs 2 or 3 pounds. I use the tails from where I cut to attach them together an where I dont have tails I rap it with aluminum welding wire. I think they cost me like $30 a peace I buy 50 foot by 60 inch rolls of wire. I unroll them an measure them to make sure there over 50 feet. There usualy 51 or so. Remember 50 feet is 600 inches. Tape measure is not needed, I count blocks. Each...
[URL="http://www.cmfarm.us"]www.cmfarm.us[/URL] Humidity control in an incubator is usually controlled by adding an removing water from it by hand. The thing is, its just guess work. Add or remove a little water an wait to see what happens. Its the same as heating an incubator using dimmer for control an no thermostat. You can do it but there's a better way. A humidity controller is not that hard to make. All it takes is a some human hair an a little know how. If you mount one end of a hacksaw blade where it cant...
My hatch rates usually stay around 75%. I tried the egg carton method for two hatches in a row. Both of which had very low hatch rates. This hatch that just finished this morning, I went back to laying them on there side. My hatch rate went back up. 31 out of 38 hatched. That's proof enough for me not to use the egg carton method again. I opened the eggs up that did not hatch using the egg carton method an all had the extra moisture in an around there mouths. I believe that if they were on...
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