Cooler turned incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ken H, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Ken H

    Ken H Songster

    May 21, 2009
    Well, it's not fancy but I think it will work. designed and built this morning. I was worried the eggs might hatch while I was at work and a new chick be hurt wandering to close to the heat sourse(light bulb) so I installed a plexiglass divider, mounted a circulating fan from a computer and drilled a series of small holes to allow for forced ventilation. I believe this will also allow greater humidification because I'll be able to place the water source very close to the heat source causing increased evaporation.Still need to get a thermostat and hygrometer to moniter the RH. It's only got a 15 watt bulb in it right now. I want to test to see how big a bulb I need to get to 100 degrees.


  2. milleryardchx

    milleryardchx Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Washington State
    very cool! I have a homemade incubator from a foam cooler. I tried different bulb W till i found the right one for my incubator and for me it was a 40W a 15 and a 25 wouldn't get above 85 to 92 for me but your cooler is more insulated good luck have fun!
  3. Iceblink

    Iceblink Songster

    Your incubator is lovely, and very 'streamlined'. It looks very professional. You might wish you had made a bigger viewing window though, especially if you have more than one person watching the hatch. [​IMG]
  4. tplummer

    tplummer Songster

    Jun 16, 2009
    Salisbury, NC
    are u selling it
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2009
  5. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Looks great. Question, where are the air vent holes to the outside, how many are you using, what diameter?

    Humidity is good. Ventilation is hugely important. Really very.

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