Do homemade incubators work and which is the best one to make?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by countrygirlLivinInDaCity, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. countrygirlLivinInDaCity

    countrygirlLivinInDaCity New Egg

    Feb 26, 2008
    I am seriously thinking of making an incubator but im not sure if they really work. So do they from your experience and which one is the best one to make? Thanks! [​IMG]

  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I think a side by side fridge works best. A circular air current is simple to establish, its well insulated, plenty of thermal mass an plenty of room for eggs.
  3. Roo

    Roo Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2008
    Lee co. KY
    Yes they work and you have great enjoyment and pride
    watching eggs hatch in something you worked hard to
    make.Don't make it to small because you'll only want
    a bigger one.Thats why I have two and working on a
    third. LOL With circulated air you should have a higher
    hatch rate than with still air but you may have to run
    the humidity a little higher.
  4. YeOleBroodie

    YeOleBroodie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    What roo said. [​IMG]

    I have homemade bators with eggs, also homemade hatcher thats got some hatching out right now.
    So yup they do work. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2009
  5. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Fork over the extra and get a wafer thermostat. You'll be glad you did as it holds temps very steady. Here is what they look like.

    around the internet to see what various places charge for shipping because the item may be less somewhere, but the shipping more than make up for it.
  6. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    honestly an incubator is just as good as the time and money you put into it. so if you work hard itll be a great on if you dont itll prob still hatch a few. spend the extra cash and get a good thermostat like the ranco ones. youll be happy you spent the extra cash
  7. Panther Creek Poultry

    Panther Creek Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Clarksburg, MO
    Love the ranco thermostats. They are the greatest.
  8. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Fine great you guys just put the Ranco thermostats on my severe want-its list.

    Any yeah, build a BIG bator, a small one ends up wayyyy too small too fast.

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