GopherBoy Farms
Gopher-Bator

SUPPLY LIST
Cooler
Mesh wire

Water heater thermostat
Plug with about 2-3 ft wire
Light fixture
40-watt light bulb
PC fan

12 Volt transformer
2-3 feet of PVC pipe
2 pipe couplings
2, ½ inch plastic clamps

Wooden Box
Shallow pan
A couple sponges
Thermometer/hydrometer w/probe
Water wiggler
Water bottle
Tubing that fits on top of bottle

Thermometer
2 old pill bottles
Various screws
Wire Nuts
A Sharpie pen

1. Cut square in lid for viewing window 2.use caulking around cut out area to seal glass viewing window

3. Install glass



4. Locate and drill 6 hole in cooler 1 hole for auto water (no need to open lid)
2 vent holes 1 small hole for wires
2 hole across from each other for

exterior operated egg turner


5. Place pan with sponges in bottom of cooler
(we used caulking to hold pan in place)



6. Cut and bend wire to fit into the bottom of cooler over pan 7. Cut hole in wire for auto water tube



8. place wire into cooler 9. put tubing w/ water bottle attached through hole in cooler,
then through hole in wire into pan for auto water





10. Cut out bottom of wooden box that fits in cooler 11. cut piece of wire and staple to bottom of box



12. attach ½ inch plastic clamps to bottom of box


13. set box on wire with plastic pipe clamps lined up with the predrilled holes
14.slide pipe through one side of cooler then threw both pipe clamps, then threw the hole on other side of cooler
15. Cut pipe to ¾ inch on both sides of cooler for handles for externally turning the eggs.
16. Install couplings on each end of pipe to keep pipe from slipping, back and forth and to use as handles when turning eggs.


17. Screw box to handle inside






18. take an egg carton that fits in box and cut holes in bottom
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19. place egg carton in box
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20. cut spacers in tubing (or use nuts for spacers) to keep PC fan and thermostat away from wall

21. Screw PC fan to wall



22. Wire PC fan, light, and thermostat

PLUG/LIGHT/THERMOSTAT:
*from the plug take the neutral (ribbed) wire to #1 screw on the thermostat
* run a short wire from #2 screw on thermostat to the silver screw on the light
* The other plug wire goes to the gold screw on the light.
PC FAN:
*cut the end of a 12volt transformer off, wire to the black and red wire on PC fan, disregard the yellow wire.
(if you plug it in and the fan doesn't turn then switch the wires around)
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23. Install thermostat using spacers and screws to wall
24. Install light

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25. Cut the bottom off 2 pill bottles (with lids) and slide into holes for air vents
(these work great so you can just unscrew the lids if you need to).
a grinder was used to cut the bottoms of the pill bottles off


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26. place probe from thermometer/hydrometer inside wiggler toy
27. sit wiggler toy on egg holder
28. put 2nd thermometer on wire
29. fill pan with water
30. adjust thermostat

31. fill 4-5 baby food jars with warm water put on lids and place on wire
32. plug in, close lid
now lets see what happens next........

So far in the Gopher-Bator we have hatched (and they have lived) 9 chicks... (there where some duds in this first batch)

we have 11 in it now and hope this will be our best hatch ever!!!
updated-12/4/08
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