Easy to build home made incubator.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 10 point, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    I'm looking for some detailed plans to make a home made incubator that isn't going to break the bank.

    TIA 10 point
     
  2. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Have you looked at the resource page with MANY homemade incubators. I used some purchased items and items already hanging around the house. Worked hard at using thing I already had.

    No cost items, left over from other projects and recycling:

    Cooler-
    ply wood top
    styrofoam sheet
    old picture frame w/ glass
    silicone caulking
    plastic coated fencing sized to fit in cooler
    4 2' screws
    10 mason jars
    60 watt light bulb

    drill and bits
    duct tape
    old book wrack
    heavy duty multi-plugin extension cord

    fan 7-8$
    WHT not sure DH bought $10
    bottle lamp thing $5


    Lokk at the basics, then find matching items you already have; to be inexpensive requires more brainwork to plan how to use each possible item you find. GL
     
  3. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely look at the homemade incubator link, it's full of great ideas that won't break the bank:lol:
    Ayda
     
  4. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    thanks I looked at the page.

    any suggestions on which wiring set up works best to control the temp in the bator.
     
  5. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Tucson, Az.
    Quote:What are the 10 Mason Jars for?

    I'm wanting to try and make one too..
     
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    What are the 10 Mason Jars for?

    I'm wanting to try and make one too..

    THe mason jars ( 1 qt) are filled with water and sealed with lids to do 2 jobs. 1) a very big heat sink to reduce temperature fluctuations and 2) supports the floor made of wire fencing where the eggs sit in egg cartons. I built based on the maximum number of jars I could fit. Glass spagetti jars work too.

    Also if we lose power with the hurricane, the heat from the water will keep the temp up for a longer time.


    Note: THe use of the mason jars was the final choice as I searched for a possible heat sink containers. I knew water is the best heat sink, though rocks work almost as well. ( We used lots of brick around our wood stove to absorb heat during the day and when the stove is turned down at night , the bricks release heat.) I kept trying different configurations. laying on sides, turning upright, even tried the rectangular salad containers from the salad aisle (figured I could use the lid with a lip to place the sponge and water for humidity.)



    IT's a process to work out the layout.​
     
  7. Anarchy82

    Anarchy82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its simple, and running as we speak.
     
  8. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Quote:do you have a wiring digram and materials list?

    that would help out a lot

    TIA 10 point
     
  9. Anarchy82

    Anarchy82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made this as simple as possible.
    I connected a light to a dimmer switch, so wirring diagram would come with switch.
    In this incubator I have one digital, and one standard thermometer / humidity gauge. In my other incubator the digital thermometer just has a wire running into the incubator, that the thermometer is outside the incubator.

    I have a computer fan in the top corner of the incubator pointing towards the light. To wire that mine was black to black, white to red.

    All in all, materials are:
    Styrofoam Cooler ($2.50 at dollar general)
    One thermometer / humidity
    One digital thermometer
    One computer fan
    one light socket
    25 watt light bulb
    electrical tape
    duck tape
    one 12v dc converter (I used a old cell phone charger)
    one dimmer light switch
    1/2" wire mesh
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011
  10. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Quote:what hatch rate are you getting without a turner?
     

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