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By galanie, Jan 11, 2012 | Updated: Jan 11, 2012 | | |
  1. galanie
    (Some pictures of my chickens are on my other page at https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-flock-17)


    Yet another homemade incubator from an old cooler. I had everything around here already but the Hot Water Heater thermostat and the lamp socket so it cost me a total of about $13 to build.
    I used the directions from various other incubators here, but I'm including a diagram of the wiring that is easy to understand. I gathered the info from more than one source here and compiled it into one diagram.

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    The finished incubator:​
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    Below, the thermostat is installed the way I learned from rebelcowboysnb (visit his page, it's great) to have the back of the thermostat face the light and make it around 3 inches away. Since this change I have it so that the temp only varies by 1 degree. It is possible to make zero variation which I did have at first, but I'll take 99.1 to 100.4 and am not complaining.

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    I have also added scrap tile to the bottom as a heat sink. It really helps to keep temps stable. There are a couple of water containers in there but I normally just use the little round one you see the tubing going into.


    For more detailed directions to build one, see the many great how-to's at https://www.backyardchickens.com/chicken-coop-incubator.html :)

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  1. galanie
    It dies, Brie! And as you can see, I have no turner and turn them by hand. I do it rather quickly and it doesn't really cool off as much as you'd think. Another good idea is to put jars of water in there, bricks, just about anything that will absorb heat.
  2. Briezeechicks
    This is pretty neat! I bet it holds heat really well, even while you are turning the eggs! I saw an automatic egg turner @ TSC that probably would not be hard to put in there! Just have to cut a small slot for the cord!
    Brie

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