Egg turner

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Elwood Lightfoot, May 23, 2010.

  1. I'm building my own egg turner and have a great looking contraption I grew up using an old sears bator it was maybe 30 inches across an we had to turn the eggs by hand so I've never used or seen an automatic one in use, I'm trying to figure out how to set motors to it and was wondering if it was okay for the eggs to stay in constant motion like back and forth through the range of the trays, I've looked at several designs and some look as if they don't stop, if anyone has the right solution I would apreciate it..

    I'm building the whole bater from scratch from things I have around the place, an old over and under fridge, the trays are made from poofing trays from a local bakery that did a remodel the fridge will hold 4 of the trays and each can hold around 100 chicken eggs, I am taking pictures of it as I build and will set up a page later when I figure out how :)

    The main question (and sorry for rambling) Is it olay for the eggs to be constantly moving back and forth as the trays are tilted? Or, is it better for the eggs to stop for a few hours and then cycle back? I have several motors and some different options for different ones constantly tilting the trays one way and then back is the easiest to build setting up a motor to turn CW and Then CCW and figuring out the switches and relays is a bit more difficult and would requite I buy some things and am trying to go the cheapest route to build the best bator I can, as it is the turner has 4 trays and will hold about 100 eggs each tray.
    Thanks for your comments I will keep posting updates as I can so anyone else who might be looking for simular solutions might pick up a tip or 2, I just saw today that there is a contest for homemade incubators so I may enter that I was gonna make a page anyway LOL
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2010
  2. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    I know there's a post somewhere about the turner motor. Saw it about a year ago.
    Maybe this will get bumped enough where someone can answer.
    I tried the search but that doesn't work good for me on this site. Not the site's fault it's my machine.
    Anyway I hope someone can post some answers for you for two reasons. You can get your turner working and I can learn to do it too. LOL
    BTW [​IMG] ffrom California
     
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    look at a train look at how the wheels are turned make it smaller depending on species of bird I would look at Bar-B-Q rotisserie motors, TV power antenna motors or defrost clock motor off a refrigerator . I am using a timer motor off a defrost clock ( I am mostly hatching quail the occasional chicken) the egg turners that are sold that looks to be the same motor they use. If I were going to incubate goose,emu,ostrich etc I may try to use a larger motor. good luck with your project.
     
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try searching the forum for "egg turner motor" coupla good post come up searching with those words
     
  5. wolftracks

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    Bumping and wondering if anyone has a website or something for the op with diagrams or whatever.
     
  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought the one that miller?? little giant?? makes and started copying parts the frame the linkage etc it is really pretty simple work with a drill motor and a round file
     
  7. wingspan

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    its a big subject,, depend on size,,,


    if you look for a damper actuator whit no spring return,, thy are strong and can turn 1000 eggs whit no problem,,, Other are linear actuator,,, used to lift up hospital beds,,, opening gates,, and turning a satellite disk antenna, like this [​IMG] but the best i have seen so fare is this motor from BOSCH ,, what i know it have been used for big incubators this is a link so you can see it http://rb-aa.bosch.com/boaaemocs/Pr...doro2?language=en-GB&ccat_id=272&prod_id=415& [​IMG] I have used a window lift for side window of cars like this : [​IMG] ----------------------------------------------------------------


    you will need a timer ore two, a alternative is to use the small turner motor for the hovabator, and let it control a roller power switch,,that powering up the bigger motors, you will need a circuit something like this [​IMG] and a power surply 12 ore 24 volt ,, this is the mechanical drawing you can use all these options,,, [​IMG]options with rotary motor must use one of the center axle,, you also need 2 limit switches, one at each end to stop the movement, and a relay that switches polarity, making everything ready for the next round,,, its many more options,,,,Use your imagination,,,, this was just to give you some ideas, I just build a medium size egg incubators from 600 and up,,,, two 2000, these solutions have worked well,,,

    Good luck any builders
     
  8. frank53061

    frank53061 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Never mind I found it online sorry for the request [​IMG] I should have been looking harder for the picture.

    Frank53061
     

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