Building a new quail incubator (more pics added)

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Bil, May 14, 2010.

  1. Bil

    Bil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just finished building a new incubator out of an old dorm fridge for incubating quail eggs. It is heating up right now.

    I had to build a couple of boxes to hold the eggs so we could turn them easier (it was about 1" too small to take an automatic egg turner). Here is one of the boxes that I built (incubator holds 2 boxes):
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    Each box holds about 130 eggs. Looking forward to trying out the new incubator.

    Bil
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  2. StoneyRidge

    StoneyRidge Out Of The Brooder

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    Keep us posted on how it turns out.
     
  3. crash0330

    crash0330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow you're gonna have tons of chicks!!! Good luck let us know what happens!
     
  4. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how about a pic of your incubator? what kind of thermostat are you using and what kind of lighting are you using?
     
  5. Bil

    Bil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some pictures of the incubator. It is using a 25-watt heating element and a wafer thermostat. On my old incubator, I used a hot water heater thermostat, but I would spend a few more $ and get a wafer, so much better and easier to use.

    Here are some pictures:
    The fridge:
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    The fan and heating element in the freezing compartment:
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    A box on the outside. The fan plugs in here and if I ever find an automatic turner, it could plug in here. The switch turns it on and off so I don't have to keep unplugging it.
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    And the insides with the thermostat down between where the eggs will go.
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    Now to get it stabilized.

    Bil
     
  6. kenazzo2000

    kenazzo2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:cant see your pictures
     
  7. Bil

    Bil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's weird, sorry about that. I don't know what is going on with that.

    Bil
     
  8. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    They Must Not Work In Europe, Cause They Work Fine Here In The Usa.

    Bil Those Egg Turner Boxes? Are They Made Of Cedar?
     
  9. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you turn the eggs or do you just tilt the boxes?
     
  10. Bil

    Bil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No it's not cedar, it's cheap pine that has been sitting around outside for years. The cut edges do look like cedar in these pictures.

    paddock36, yes I do just tilt the boxes. I cut a egg carton and use it to prop it up. Then just change the tilt 2-3 times a day.

    Bil
     

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