DONE building a new wood bator - new pix

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BeardedChick, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I need a hatcher, so I picked up this thing at the Habitat store... Isn't it gonna be cute?


    I need to replace the back, hinge the top, cut it so I can have a glass viewing plate... It will be insulated and then probably have FRP on the interior (the stuff they use in professional kitchens).

    Need to get this done soon so I can move in the serama eggs & give them higher humidity...

    More pics to follow. Hopefully I can finish it up today and tomorrow.

    Updated 11/18:

    It's finally finished, calibrated, and is ready for eggs!


    I found a stencil of a hatching egg and used that for the window on top. Needs a bit of stain, but that will have to wait until the hatch is done.


    Things that are a little different on this bator versus my cooler-bator... Under the wood top is a full size lexan window, so you can see everything and the heat stays in. I wired in two lights and am using 25w bulbs. One bulb got too hot. I wired in parallel and can scan in a diagram if anyone wants to see. It's kind of cool - if I lose a bulb, it will likely hold heat well. Had to use a larger PC fan to move air in this size bator. Turns out the larger fan is MUCH QUIETER.

    There are a couple big containers of water, and three pints of rocks in the bottom for heat stabilization.

    This one has 3/4" of insulation and there is white FRP panel over it, which is very easy to clean and looks nice. Two side by side aluminum cake pans (cheap) fit in the bottom, which will make it easy to clean.


    It should be able to hold quite a few eggs next season...
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2008
  2. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2008
    Burnsville, MS
    Absolutely adorable, I can't wait to see the finished project.
  3. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Very nice idea. It will be the prettiest incubator.
  4. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Looks like an awesome project. Lots of luck and cant wait to see pics
  5. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    One more picture - what made converting it fairly easy is that the front slides up. It only looks like it has drawers. It had a rollout shelf in it that I have already removed.

    The front face just needs some supports that it can be screwed to.

  6. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    yeah good Idea, that is so cool
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

    Oct 16, 2008
    I just cannot believe that you are actually cutting up a $3000.oo antique heirloom to make a hatcher.. just kidding..LOL
  8. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    thanks for the idea! I'm going to be checking out discount stores for some kinda thing like that! [​IMG]
  9. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I posted notes and pics of the finished 'bator at the top.

    HHCD! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. PassthePeace1

    PassthePeace1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is so clever, wish I wasn't so intimated by wiring stuff.

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