Food Dehydrater as an incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Their Other Mother, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Saw someone posting something about recipies for their food dehydrater and I have one that I rarely use. So anyway, I thinking... What do you think are the possibilities of using it as a moving air incubator?
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I dont know. I would think with all the ventialtion and its supposed to take away the juices inside the meat and get rid of the humidity. Thats how mine is. What type of dehydrator you got?
     
  3. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What sort do you have? The one that I had didn't get very warm. Also, wouldn't it dry out the eggs? Are you thinking of modifying it? If you do, I would be very interested in the results. I see food dehydrators at good will all the time.
     
  4. Bassleg

    Bassleg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think not!!
     
  5. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I was trying to think of a way to modify it. I already use the top as a cover for a homemade, converted styro ice chest. It has the little vent in the top that can be easily adjusted for ventilation and it's clear so I can see through. I haven't had much luck hatching and I don't know if it's just the fact that I have only ever gotten shipped eggs or what. I have a basic still air hovabator that I bought on ebay (new) for about $50.00. Then I made two others out of styrofoam ice chests, the one above and another with a pane of glass for the lid. Suspended heat lamps and light bulbs over head for heat source.
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Try to modify and see how well you can keep the temp and humidity.
     
  7. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Any ideas on the engineering? I skipped that class in school...
     
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Do you know what kind of dehydrator it is? I use a ronco and it has 1 to many vent holes
     
  9. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All it says on the side is AR O MA. I got it at a second hand store about 8 years ago for $5 bucks. It looks like most of the other dehydrators I've seen: Round, about 12" diameter, several stacking trays ...

    I was thinking, if I could make a wire base frame that is raised about 2 inches (so I could place a shallow pan of water under it) then make some sort of side wall out of cardboard, like you see being sold by hatcheries for brooder kits. Only it would have to be insulated somehow. Maybe with something like the Pizza delivery guys use.

    Questions:
    1: how to install a thermostadt?
    2: would it heat up enough?
     
  10. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Maybe a rounded styro wall and cardboard over it to insulate it and keep the chicks from picking at it. It will be hard to add a fan to the base to make it forced air. It has holes on the bottom right to bring air up? Maybe a small cake cooling rack to hold a metal water dish? I will try to think up of other things to hold the water dish. Maybe a few sponges soaked in warm water and put it on the bottom tray? I will also think of a way to install the thermostadt
     
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