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Building my own incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by duckncover, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

    Jan 17, 2009
    North Eastern PA
    Can anyone help me with building my own incubator? I have tried the hot water thermostat/light bulb method several times and failed. Is there any other way?
  2. RedneckRedhead

    RedneckRedhead Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 20, 2013
  3. RedneckRedhead

    RedneckRedhead Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 20, 2013
    I also use a rubber maid tub. I cut out the middle of the lid, and zip tied chicken wire onto the top. Chicks do fine in it, and the cats can sit on top of it and watch the chicks without eating them...:).
  4. NightOwl3

    NightOwl3 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2014
    We built our incubator using an old cooler, thermostat, computer fan and light bulbs. I've done 3 hatches with it. First hatch we got 8 chicks out of 10 eggs. Next hatch we only got 3 chicks out of 14 (but I do suspect many of the eggs weren't fertile) and the last hatch we just finished we're shipped eggs. Those we got 7 chicks out of 14.

    I was going to add a picture of our "cooler-bator" but can't figure out how to do it on my iPad.
  5. Soylent Chick

    Soylent Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2015
    We made ours in a cooler with a 75W halogen light bulb for heat, an open jar of water under the bulb for humidity, a couple of muffin fans to circulate the air, and some water bottles as a heat sink. The bulb was attached to a PID controller to regulate the temperature.

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