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Homemade Chicken Egg Incubator Designs & Pictures

Homemade egg incubators - Designs and pictures
By BYC Support · Jan 10, 2012 · Updated Jun 7, 2013 · ·
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  1. kelcon666
    Is still air or forced air better for pheasant.
  2. sweetsam
    I watched a lot of videos and came up with a basic home made incubator. My hatch rate is 84% or 11/13 so far. I can easily have 19-20 eggs. Up to 24 probably, but the most I have hatched in there is 19. Take a look! I would love your comments. My first blog! http://wp.me/pVikS-g
  3. iridearoadking
    I used a small fridge with a glass door, next will be a full size with the freezer acting as a hatching room. (Higher humidity)
    I bought an "incukit". It was complete heater ,fan,egg turner... great customer service setting it up
  4. 8isenuff
    because the bulbs and tstat are cheaper?
  5. rjoschko
    Just curious, but why does everyone seem to use light bulbs for heating a incubator? And water heater thermostats? I just bough 4 digital temperature controllers @ 14.00 each And I also have 150 watt strip heaters.
  6. 8isenuff
    Heat Sinks: Water or stone? Will stones, bricks, tiles, work as well, better, or worse than water jars?
  7. naightengale
    how can i add my Junk-u-bator??? total cost out of pocket $0. or do i have to wait till eggs hatch out of it??
  8. Kjordanov
    Cool but.. I have no idea how to put the heating (bulbs) in there?!?
  9. skookumchuck
    We just built an incubator this morning have it running to see how it performs. I have a very accurate temperature control unit my Brother in law gave me so it is working great. Right now it is wired to only turn on the fan when the heat bulb is on. Turns off at 100 and back on at 98.5. light is on for 30 to 35 seconds and off for about 45-50 seconds. from room temp to 100 deg was under 12 minutes.
  10. lucyharper123
    i want to add a incubator called the cardbatorbox :)
  11. praisegod320
    How do you add am incubator design? I see where you can add a coop design, but nothing in here saying to click on to add......
  12. Cooper Farms
  13. LeonieJane
  14. suncatcher
    Many great ideas, and yes, hatch rate would be a good idea. Is there any one manufactured lower pirced incubatorthat consistantly has a high hatch rate ?
  15. TTeddy
  16. BigKitty09
    leoniejane could you repost the link to your incubator its not going through. I'm very eager to see it as i also don't want to do a lot of wiring and such. I was thinking of making one from a styrofoam cooler what is the consensus on this? good or bad idea?
  17. Katiesduckies
    What are the basic concepts of an incubator? I want to make one but have NO IDEA how or where to start
  18. Katiesduckies
    I would really like ideas on home made incubators I want to make one that is VERY cost effective using things around the house or easy to get cheap but I dont know ANYTHING about incubating besides the eggs need turned every hour please help me get started in hatching eggs :D
  19. LeonieJane
    What type of incubator do you have Aghan?
  20. Aghan
    how do you set incubators temperature for hatching chicks and quail
  21. LeonieJane
    I have made my own incubator and turner..I did a lot of research on these pages but didn't like how most of them required rewiring something of some sort. So I made some changes to what I saw and made an incubator which requires NO REWIRING! I set 8 eggs and 6 hatched...It can hold 24 eggs in total however can be made to hold as many eggs as you like. You can see how I made it here http://silkiespa.weebly.com/homemade-incubator.html
    It's not the prettiest looking incubator BUT it does work!
  22. kpop900
    Would a jar with water in it and a flashlight on top work as an incubator?
  23. chicken guy
    i am starting work on A microbator i am use a diasembled microwave NOTE THE MICROWWAVE IS DISA SELMBALED i will up date if you want to kn ow more mesage me
  24. kwilliams99
    do you use a store bought turner or any ideas for a homemade one?
  25. sirabrik
  26. SpeckledChicks
    I have been looking everywhere for a homemade incubator. I flat refuse to pay the prices the "bargin" stores want for one. I am so glade I found this site. There are so many wonderful ideas comming from here. Great work folks!
  27. uziran
    Could someone pls write here the basic principles of incubators: would you say?
    A "Closet"
    Heated air (to a certain permanent temperature)
    A fan to keep the air moving through the closet - in and out.
    A shelf that lets the warn air to circulate around the eggs at all times.
    A place for the chicks to "fall" out on after being hatched.
    Anything else?
    Uzi
  28. kellyn
    Why hasn't anyone said anything about hatch rates??
  29. TobaccovillePeeps
    Thanks for the explanation. Makes sense; a hurrican in a box isn't a good idea. lol
  30. Martine
    You use a pc fan because the idea of an incubator fan is not to bring in cold ir from outside the box, but to circulate the warm air inside the box. A pc fan is about right. i have tried to use a welding machine fan and nearly blew myself away as it is FAR too powerful and my chicks would be clutching the sides of the incubator for dear life! You use a pc fan and a good way to see if the air circulation is correct inside your box is to place the fan where you think it is most central, top or back panel, then place small bits of tissue paper around the box, use a little saliva to stick the bits all around the box, top, sides, bottom. Close the box and switch on the fan. You should be able to see the bits of tissue fluttering where the circulation is correct. You should aim for a circular motion to rech top and bottom of your box. if this is not the case, move the fan. M
  31. TobaccovillePeeps
    Love all these designs and now I'm motivated to try and build my own incubator. I do have a question though; why is a PC fan used instead of any other small fan?
  32. Cody Wellard
    I purchased my incubator, it has a large clear plastic top, which allows you to watch the chicks hatch. I have had a high success rate with the hatchery, about 95%.
  33. ChickensInMyYard
    Fantastic ideas! And yes it would be helpful to know the hatch rate also.
  34. gahocmon
    I love looking at everyone's homemade incubators
  35. lesgo54
    i would like to see a very detailed wiring diagram. great ideas
  36. CupOJoe42
    I love looking at everyone's homemade incubators, but it might be helpful if they included their hatch rate, what they like about their incubator, how many eggs it would hold, what they don't like, what they would change, and maybe the cost - similar to our chicken coop pages.

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