IncuView Incubator Modified

By RoosterML · Feb 23, 2019 · ·
  1. RoosterML
    I did not like the lack of access to add water or to add additional temp and humidity monitoring instruments. So if you don't like something there is only one thing left to do. Modify it !!!!!
    I know many are concerned with drilling the clear lid of the incubator. I decided a spade bit would be best for the task of drilling the lid. I purchased a new 3/4" spade bit by Irwin. I wanted to make sure it was nice and sharp. So with a cordless drill I decided to give it a go. I had the drill going at about a medium speed with very light pressure. I was actually holding back the weight of the drill itself. When almost all the way through you will really want to make sure you barely have any pressure. I had success drilling one hole so why not push my luck and go for another ;). All worked out really well with no issues at all. Main thing is steady hand with very light pressure.:old. Here's some photos for you of what I used along with some finished photos. I also drilled holes in plugs to insert my temp probe and humidity/temp monitor. I can now easily remove the plugs and add water where I want. This is what I wanted and what works for me. Hope you enjoy!


    I also made a divider for separated hatch. This is based off of @aart idea.
    I "welded" with hot glue at all the intersections. Holds nicely in place. It goes in as one whole piece. Should clean up well with an old toothbrush and dish soap after hatch. Made of this.


    Here's some photos of an insulated box i made for it. Sides and bottom are insulated. IncuView slides down into the insulation and then everything slide down into the wood box.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Good Article"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Mar 8, 2019
    Helpful instructions for drilling a hole in a plastic incubator lid.

    Nice pictures!
  2. MROO
    "Making a 'Bator Better!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Feb 23, 2019
    This is excellent! A great idea, simple and inexpensive modifications made with readily available materials. I LOVE the plastic canvas idea! I'll be adding that to my own 'bator floor, next hatch.
  3. Anonymous
    "Modified Incubator"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Feb 23, 2019
    Good job! I hope it works well for you.


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  1. aart
    Good move using a brand new spade bit ;)

    How did you layout the curve for divider?
    1. RoosterML
      The box I have made actually helped. I held a piece of cardboard at the end and laid a marker down on the top and scribed the profile onto the cardboard. After that it's just trim and fit. Repeat, repeat.
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