Gopherboy Farms The Gopherbator Egg Incubator

The Gopherbator Egg Incubator
By GopherBoyFarms · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. GopherBoyFarms
    GopherBoy Farms
    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

    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
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    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
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    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

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    10. Cut out bottom of wooden box that fits in cooler 11. cut piece of wire and staple to bottom of box
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    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
    egg carton with holes 100_0015-16.jpg
    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

    *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)

    23. Install thermostat using spacers and screws to wall
    24. Install light

    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




    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)[​IMG][​IMG]
    we have 11 in it now and hope this will be our best hatch ever!!!

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  1. Mamashash
    Thanks for explaining the jars.
  2. Duckee
    Best instructions I've seen. I'm going to convince hubby to make this for me!
  3. CaudeteSpain
    Instead of baby food jars, I use the plastic cooler/heating blocks that you put in a picnic cooler instead, they seem to hold temperature more stable. I have just built another bator using an old bedside cabinet, just waiting to see if temperature stabilises good enough to put eggs in next week.
  4. Pent
    I'm thinking the baby food jars would be for temperature stability. The water would hold the heat, making temp. fluctuate less. Just my guess.
  5. chickmonk18
    I am using your info to revamp the bator my husband made as a 4-H Project many years ago, It needs a new thermostat.
  6. mbobb2012
    i was able to complete my project thanks to you
  7. Red Barn Farms
    Thanks for taking the time do post this! Great ideas and one I'm thinking of using.
  8. oletymer
    Thank you for sharing your design and step by step assembly, this was very helpful for me to start my project,
  9. Nsampsel
    What is the baby rattle & jars of water for? You said leave the lids on the jars so it doesn't appear to be humidity...
  10. DuckLover3
    wow! I love this! What was your hatch rate?
  11. chickenlover237
    cool i might try this
  12. Ema
    awesome set up, I love it, thanks for sharing this with me. Now I go make some modification to my cooler bator and see if it works for me.

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