DIY Duck Incubator in need of help

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kenzie7775, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. kenzie7775

    kenzie7775 Just Hatched

    Mar 10, 2017
    I'm a senior in highschool and I am building an incubator and hatching ducklings for my senior project!

    I've never done anything like this before so I do have a couple of questions.
    I've made my incubator out of a Styrofoam cooler, and I've installed a 25 watt light bulp, a 12 volt fan, and the raised bottom (which I plan to cover with that rubber Matt stuff you put in your silverware drawer.

    For this size incubator, how big/ how many ventilation holes do I need? And were should I put them to make sure there is enough air?
    I've done lots of research on humidity, and Im getting all sorts of answers... I trust you guys a lot more than the general internet! So what humidity should I aim for during days 1-25 and days 26-28?
    If I use a sponge, do I need to change it every day? So it dose not get bacteria?
    Do I need a barrier between the lightbulb/fan and the eggs? If so which side should I put the water on, under the light or next to the eggs?

    Last question [​IMG][​IMG] I've used a good amount of duct tape, could the chemicals in it hurt the eggs during incubation?

    Thank you all so much![​IMG][​IMG]
  2. mlh328

    mlh328 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2016
    Butte, MT
    That's awesome! Have you looked at the videos on YouTube? I want updates on how your project goes! Good luck @kenzie7775!!

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