Design Goals: Broody-Bator -- First Homemade Incubator

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  1. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I borrowed a friends incubator which she hasn't used in 5 years or more. The temperature control is off, not working, or non-existent. I went to buy a hot water heater thermostat yesterday and after wiring it up to see how it works i got the "i need to make my own bator" fever. So I will use this post to document the project.



    Design Goals: Broody-Bator

    1. Maintain a steady temperature
    2. Maintain reasonable humidity
    3. Be able to service as a broody pen for 4-6 weeks after hatching
    4. Be able to look in on the progress without opening the incubator
    5. Relatively easy to clean
    6. Durable for easy storage





    Materials:

    1. Hot Water Thermostat
    2. Light Socket
    3. Light Bulb
    4. 110v Power Cable to plug in to the wall
    5. Standard thermometer that shows humidity
    6. Cheap - well insulated container
    7. something to use as a false bottom
    8. something to use as a water reservoir
    9. Glass square from picture frame
    10. Computer Fan
    11. 12v AC/DC adapter to power the computer fan






    Step 1: Wire Thermostat and light socket together to test operation.

    1. Cut end off of 110v power cable (NOT THE END WITH THE PRONGS)
    2. Strip the white and black ends (green is ground)
    3. Twist black wire from power cable with black wire from light socket together
    4. Fasten white wire from 110v powercable to pole 1 on the thermostat
    5. Fast white wire from light socket to pole 2 on the thermostat
    6. Check operations
    a. does it power on while temp is set really high?
    b. does it power on while temp is set really low? (only works when room temperature is 90+)
    c. if room temperature is below 90 degree's you will have to put this in a small ice check to see if it eventually turns itself off - do not
    leave this unattended - this is a fire hazard.
    7. disassemble until time for installation
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Sounds like everything.
     
  3. Sootsie

    Sootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like you got a good list going there
     
  5. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am still trying to find something to use for a container

    ... i have an ice chest ... but i am not sure i want to mangle it
     
  6. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am using an 18 gallon tupperware container that looks like this


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    i will drill a hole for the light socket to be mounted inside ... 6 inches from the top and mount the thermostat next to it


    I will also cut a hole in the lid to mount a square piece of glass from a picture frame ... on the inside i will mount a thermometer/hygrometer so it is visible through the glass
     
  7. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    step 2: prepare container

    1. cut hole and mount light set
    2. cut hole for wires to go in to container
    3. mount thermostat inside container
    4. wire thermostat and light bulb as in step 1
    5. cut a hole in the lid
    6. glue/cualk glass from picture frame over the hole



    step 3: observe operations

    1. power up incubator
    2. place thermometer and hygrometer inside
    3. watch a movie
    4. ask questions
     
  8. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i added a 2nd 60 watt light bulb

    temp peaked after 45 minutes at 87 degree's ... i need insulation in a bad way



    solution:

    get some carboard boxes and make a shell/mold around the outside of the incubator

    fill it in with the expanding insulating foam.
     
  9. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol --- just had to insulate the bottom --- cold floor = cold incubator


    just broke 95 degree's --- 10 degree's hotter than last time
    woot
     

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