Building an Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CapricornFarm, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    50,905
    154,623
    1,727
    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    I have a Brinsea 20 Octagon and a new Incuview but its just not enough space. So rather than spend a whole lot of money on another commercial incubator i decided to make my own. I figure i need a container, a fan, a thermostat and a heat source. Follow along and see how i screw up along the way.
     
  2. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    50,905
    154,623
    1,727
    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    20180330_180322.jpg
    So far i bought a storage bin, cut holes in it for viewing windows and installed the top window with caulk.
     
    BYCforlife likes this.
  3. FeatheredFanatic

    FeatheredFanatic Chirping

    29
    51
    60
    Mar 21, 2018
    Red Level, AL
    You have the right idea, but the wrong angle. Your storage bin won't hold temperature for very long, which will result in rapid cycling of your heat source. Try using either an ice chest or styrofoam cooler. The insulating properties of these works perfecly for this.
    Here's a video that explains it all :

    And this video shows how to wire it all up :

    Hope this helps.
     
    CapricornFarm and BYCforlife like this.
  4. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    50,905
    154,623
    1,727
    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    I plan to attach styrofoam to the outside to help retain heat. My other component came today.
     
    AlleysChicks likes this.
  5. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

    13,992
    33,605
    1,102
    Oct 10, 2016
    Southern Ohio
    I’m following along too. Will you be making a turner also?
     
    granny hatchet and CapricornFarm like this.
  6. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    50,905
    154,623
    1,727
    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    I cut four pieces of styrofoam so far. I used a straight edge and a serrated knife. To figure out where the hole for the window should be , i stuck long nails through until i could see where the corners were. So just the bottom and a small piece for the top left to cut from the sheet of Styrofoam.
     
    4 ever Orpington likes this.
  7. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    50,905
    154,623
    1,727
    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    Hi Alley! Good to have you along! I am planning to make a turner. It will be hand operated but much quicker than turning each egg. I ordered plastic egg trays from GQF for chicken or guinea eggs and some for quail eggs.
     
    AlleysChicks likes this.
  8. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    50,905
    154,623
    1,727
    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    Thanks for the info.
     
  9. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

    13,992
    33,605
    1,102
    Oct 10, 2016
    Southern Ohio
    can’t wait to see it!
     
    CapricornFarm likes this.
  10. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    50,905
    154,623
    1,727
    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    20180331_165302.jpg
    View in the side window.
    20180331_165315.jpg
    Interior of the storage bin. I love all those channels, where water can go.
    Note the holes high up on the end. Drilled with 1/4" paddle bit through plastic and styrofoam.
    20180331_165403.jpg
    Styrofoam cut, and taped in place with duct tape. I like the foil side of the styrofoam out. I taped over anyplace where bits of styrofoam might come out, don't want that stuff all over the house.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: