Thank you! I am already hypedGood luck, its a lot of fun. Eggs will be difficult to candle sometimes just to warn you. Good luck with the homemade. I tried it with chicken eggs one year and failed lol. I didn't know what I was doing at all
Good Luck. We were there last Nov. First ever batch of eggs and a homemade styrofoam incubator. I will tell you that your incubator will be different in temp management once eggs are added - that is a lot of mass. ...
I read a few posts on making an incubator. Put a few ideas to use among various online "plans". Since adding a fan was going to be more expensive and time-consuming, I opted to use a still air incubator. The main thing I would change in this still-air design is to move the light build lower on the side. Then there may be more air movement since the air would heat and rise further. Cool and drop, then heat and rise. With the heat shield (which is from a Dr. Who metal lunchbox - I see you are listed as UK based), I think I got some circulation, but the bulb was higher on the side.
Is your light fixture ceramic or plastic? If plastic, you might want to be careful about it overheating since it will be on all the time.
Good! I found that my thermometers (I had 4 at one point) were all a bit different. I removed the two that were outliers (one was high and one was low), and kept the other two in there. However, they are taking readings from very different spots in the incubator. This way I was able to try to manage temps better. However, sometimes the temp would climb fairly high - at one point my thermometer (the black one on the bottom) read 106F!! Ack - removed the lid, used it to vent the incubator for about 10-15 seconds, then put it back on. Maybe the thermometer was not accurate, maybe it had only just reached 106 but eggs were not that high yet, because Im pretty sure it would have killed the chicks at that high of temp.
Do you have eggs in your incubator yet?
No, still waiting for them to arrive, but at least it gives me time to prepare