DIY styrofoam incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nayeli, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really want to become more self sufficient and get more humane organically raised food. I'm planning on raising rabbits, ducks, chickens, and quail. The only thing I would really need to incubate would be quail since I can't find anyone selling live ones nearby. I will be on a budget since we are buying our first house and I need to stretch my dollar as far as possible (lots of projects, little money). Anyway in researching I came across this blog with a homemade incubator. How do ya'll think it would work? Also is there a light I could use rather than dimmer switch that would maintain the right temperature.
    http://nanaglenmum.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/my-homemade-egg-incubator/

    Thoughts? Also anyone know of a cheap incubator that works? I can't buy one second hand here, its hard to even find cages used where I am...

    I'm also thinking if I find a local BYC member that I could buy the hatching eggs and split them with them for incubating them... Would ya'll do that if another member near you asked/offered? I'm just curious if that could be a backup plan.
     
  2. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have built several incubators out of styrofoam boxes and also drew up some plans as well. here they are. I use recycled material that I obtained from around the house and from the local thrift store. total cost depends on what you already have around. At most I would say $25 to make one at most

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  3. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the water bottles for? The two lights create 100 degree temp?
     
  4. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also what is the wattage of the light bulbs, and do you not have a sponge or a water source for humidity... or was that the water bottles and I'm not understanding?
     
  5. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use two 60 watt bulbs and in the instructions I noted that I use a vegetable can with paper towels in it to act as a wick. the water bottles are used to hold heat and help reduce temp fluctuations.
     
  6. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! Thank you!
     
  7. SilverDuck284

    SilverDuck284 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can find a cheap (maybe used?) plastic cooler, I highly recommend the upgrade! They hold temp much better and are a million times more sturdy. If you have to make any adjustments to the styrofoam box you'll see how flimsy they are. You have a lot more room to play with your setup in a plastic one. Also, If your light were to burn out, you'd have more time to find and fix the failure before the temp drops too much. I got a used cooler at goodwill for a few bucks, and I've seen them at yard sales cheap too.
     
  8. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With a plastic cooler what about the wires from the light and such?


    Plastic coolers aren't expensive so I have no issues getting one I'm just wondering how it would work since you cant cut out the side.
     
  9. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use a drill to put holes where needed to put wires through and once everything is installed and wires fitted through you can pull the excess wire through and use bathroom calking to seal the holes.
     
  10. philyaw539

    philyaw539 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do I stabilize the temparature in my little giant still air incubator?!?!
     

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