Attempting homemade incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KNAndrs, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. KNAndrs

    KNAndrs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2011
    Superior, WI
    So my Grandfather was an amature chicken farmer when it wasn't popular to raise chickens in the backyard during the 1940s-60s. I got my first meat bird pen from his backyard this past spring and have expanded what I have. Since he died 2 years ago I was able to go through and raid his supplies again. Needless to say my Grandfather was a bit of a pack rat and a finish carpenter, we have spent a lot of time going through his things and now I am going to repurpose his treasures. I got so many amazing things to attempt to build a chicken incubator. An old styrofoam cooler, sections of hardware cloth, light sockets, plexiglass, tin and more. Pictures to come in the coming weeks.

    I bought a thermostat and a thermometer/hygrometer today as well. A computer fan is all that is left.

    I have to stop learning about chickens one of these days.

    Growing the flock,
    Pastor Ken
  2. laceynoelle

    laceynoelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    oooh, let us know how it turns out!!! I havent yet been able to make one that actually works, but eventually!! [​IMG]
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    the wafer t-stat is the cheapest that actually works well I use them on my HB's on my homade incys I use johnson controls electronic t-stats they both work well in the last 2-3 years I have hatched hundreds of quail using my 2 homemades and I recently bought another HB I have also hatch 50-100 chickens any incubator has a learning curve it has certain things you need to do to get it to work right most folks do not take the time to learn these things and then blame a certain brand of bator LOLOLOL good luck with your project READ as much as you can about how a egg is constructed how it develops potential problems and after a coupla hatches you will see what you did not do right and what you did do right
  4. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine is made of an old coleman cooler and a normal WH thermostat. It works great, hatched 2 emu eggs in it (56 days + of non stop running) and now it's cookin' come quail for me.
    I have notice the air temp fluxuates by about 5 degrees, but the thermometers I have in a couple of water snake toys are holding a pretty steady temp of 99-100 degrees. my only complaint is it's a PITA to adjust the thermostat given it's location.
  5. jnkir7

    jnkir7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    jonesboro arkansas
    i made one out of an old end table , the kind with a door on the front , works great i had a lot of problems getting temperature to hold good untill i got a wafer thermastat, i tried others but this is the only one that actually works, i even put one on my little giant now it works great too. i highly recomend it janie
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    How exciting to repurpose your grandfather's things into a incubator/hatcher. Many good diagrams here on BYC to help with set up and wiring. I'm between hatches and have been playing with new locations for the WHT (home depot). I also suggest water jar heat sinks as you will have room in a cooler, I'm assumming a large cooler. I used my grandfather's cooler too which I got after he passed away. I love seeing it and remembering him . . .

    Fan--Find a cheep one at Home Depot for about $6-7. Much cheaper than a new PC fan. If you can find a free PC fan and free adaptor, they work too. Wiring takes a little work but I did it and I have never wired anything in my life! LOL I also wired the bottle lamp and WHT together. See Miss PRissy's diagrams and others for help.

    I had a hard time getting the temp regulated. A frustrating process, but very rewarding when it's finally just right.

    Loads of help here on BYC when you have a specific question during construction. GL

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