Auto Egg Turner Modification

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Scarecrow1966, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Scarecrow1966

    Scarecrow1966 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 30, 2010
    Hey all,

    I've searched around but haven't been able to find this answer - has anyone made modifications to an automatic egg turner so it would fit into a home-made incubator made out of a cooler? I am almost finished with my home-made incubator and was wondering if anyone had already tried to modify one (any brand). I didn't want to buy one only to find it would not be possible.

    I've considered the manual turners as described in many threads, but would feel a bit more comfortable having something automatic (what with my hectic life!)

    I appreciate any input on this. Thanks!

  2. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    I have been trying to build my own but have not worked on it lately, this is a wonderful idea you have about shortening up an already built one. I am sure I could modify it just using a hacksaw blade and cutting it off to fit. I just wish I would have built my bators large enough fo a turner to fit into LOL

    I think this is smaller

    Last edited: Feb 6, 2011
  3. rickerra

    rickerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    I see your dilemma. All the auto egg turners I've seen hold like 40+ eggs and are close to 15" x 15". That wouldn't fit in my bator either. My wire shelf area is 12" x 11".

    It doesn't look like you can just cut off an end either. The way all the trays are hooked up... they pivot at both ends


    Maybe?? you could remove a full row or two of trays and then figure how how to cut the turner base part. This still wouldn't fit in my box.

    Good luck hunting!
  4. NicoleRM

    NicoleRM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2007
    Williston, FL
    I cut one full rail off of mine to make it fit. It was pretty easy.
  5. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    I just cut off one tray on mine to make it fit my frigibator. Worked fine.
  6. Scarecrow1966

    Scarecrow1966 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 30, 2010
    Thanks to everyone's responses. I have purchased a Little Giant Egg Turner and removed two of the rails. I now have it in the incubator going through a test run. I still need to install the CPU fan, but that will have to wait 'till tomorrow night. I'll try post a few pictures before the end of the week.

    Thanks again.
  7. Scarecrow1966

    Scarecrow1966 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 30, 2010

    got the images uploaded. I had to cut two whole trays off to get everything to fit. It looks like it would be easy enough to screw back together should I ever outgrow this cooler - bator.

    The temp has been holding steady at 99.5 all weekend. I'm supposed to pick up the eggs tomorrow night after work. Thanks again for everyone's input.

  8. reereechickens

    reereechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2011
    Reidsville, NC
    Hi! I'm working on my homemade incubator and have noticed that the coolers are too small for the egg turner. The egg turner that people are cutting a row off, are these the egg turners from TSC for the LG or whatever they carry?

    How has this worked so far Scarecrow1966?

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