fixing styrofoam...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by onthespot, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I know, how cheap am I? but here's the thing... I pulled out an old incubator that had set on a shelf since last july, and a mouse chewed a tunnel along the bottom with a hole leading into the inside. Tunnel is about eight inches, mouse sized. I can just put the plastic tray in the bottom and it will hold water okay... I could just set the bator on a folded towel and I'd guess it would hold temps okay... I got eggs coming from ebay and don't have time to order a bottom before the eggs will get here, probably Mon/Tuesday. As it is I am late getting this bator cleaned up and sterilized. It will probably still smell like faint bleach when the eggs get here. I wonder if home depot has any spray foam insulation goo stuff I could spray on the bottom and just set it on a piece of glass to set up if that would work. Has anyone here ever successfully fixed a damaged styrofoam incubator?

  2. trulefty

    trulefty In the Brooder

    Dec 12, 2009
    Magnolia, Ms
    Never tried before, but I'd grab duct tape and some of that spray foam insulation stuff and start experimenting..........
  3. Cornychick

    Cornychick Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    Sebastian County, AR
    I dont do incubator repairs lol but I am a DIYer BIGTIME! I think you are on the right page with the sprayfoam. Once it hardens, you can cut/sand it level with the bator wall.
  4. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    I would try spray foam insulation on this.........If you had time to do a set up after the foam insulation, you can buy fiberglass sealer for tubs there and you could put it outside not next to wher the chicks would hatch. I wish I were nearby, I would gladly loan you an incubator.....I've never repaired one....Bad ole rat!

    Is anyone in the sound of my voice near this BYC'er that could help her!!!

    Happy New Year:)
  5. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    DUCT TAPE!!! who needs foam?? I bet duct tape and just pack that tunnel with cotton or something, and duct tape the bottom... NOW yer talkin' my language...

  6. geosheets

    geosheets Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    I would be a little hesitant to use the spray foam unless you had a week or so for it to cure. I'm not sure what kinds of chemicals are released from that as it cures. I think a couple layers of duct tape and some cotton batting like onthespot says may be the quickest and safest answer.
  7. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    NO SPRAY FOAM.... This stuff has poisonous fumes. Find a piece of styrofoam from the packaging of some form of electrionics. Cut a piece to fit and duct tape in place.
  8. millebantam

    millebantam Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    Little Rhody
    I have repaired cracks/holes in styrobators with Amazing Goop (plumbing formula). It works well and had no effect on the chicks that hatched in the bators, even if I used it the same day they were set. It's available in most hardware stores. Once you have a tube of this stuff, you will use it for everything. Every bit as versatile as duct tape, and then some.
  9. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Make sure you put the duct tape on the outside, not the inside of the bator. Heat and moisture are death to duct tape. If it doesn't work, my 2nd favorite tape is electrical tape. It doesn't like moisture either, but is fine with a bit of heat.

  10. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Songster

    Dec 2, 2008
    get some more styrofoam and cut it so it fits the hole and then on the outside ducktape it.

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