DIY incubator

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SEP Board, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. SEP Board

    SEP Board Out Of The Brooder

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    I really enjoy DIY projects. I'm experimenting with a DIY incubator for quail eggs. I figure I have 2-3 weeks before the quail I have are old enough to start laying so I have time to play with it. I've taken an old styrofoam cooler, put in a socket to hold a 15W bulb, two glasses for water, a screen to keep the hatched quail away from the bulb and I purchased a temp/humidity gauge. First run was to place a couple of bricks in the bottom to create some thermal mass to have a heat sink. Let it run over night. Not a bad first run. It reached and held at 106 degrees F and 79% humidity. From what I've read 99.5 - 101 degrees F. I took out the bricks as perhaps it's holding too much heat to see if I can get down to a more optimal range. I removed one container of water to see if I can get the humidity down to around 60% as well.

    Interested to see if I can get it right where I need it. :)
     
  2. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want to spend a little more money, put in an adjustable thermostat that will turn the light on and off for you. This is going to help a lot since the temp in your house swings (I assume),
     
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    Thank you. I thought about it quite a bit and decided to just spring for an incubator. I purchased a Yasoo on Amazon as it had 4.5 stars on the reviews. It looks to have what I need for the small scale I'm going to use it for. Says it holds 10 chicken eggs so I'll assume 15-20 quail eggs which is about the amount I'm looking at doing at one time. Hoping it will do well for me.

    I figure I still have a few weeks till they start laying so I have time to get the incubator delivered and also make the brooder and another cage (which I've already got half done).
     

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