Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. LFchixranch

    LFchixranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2013
    South Central PA
    OK I am kinda excited[​IMG] over this new discovery with my Hatchery DC


    I have 2 with the pearl eyes. One has great coloring and the other is *hit but hey I figure the eyes were the hardest part. I am starting to think it is age related because they did not have them 2 weeks ago.
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    step one!!!

  3. LFchixranch

    LFchixranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2013
    South Central PA
    And then there's this freak show [​IMG]neon green ears and hot pink comb/wattles


  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    looks like an eater
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    So while I was finishing cooking a pork butt roast just now, I started a new project.

    “The Bordeaux-Bator”

    I have a few wine boxes from the days when Mrs Oz and I were dinks (double income – no kids) and while I was fishing for something in my closet I kicked my toe on one. As a fully alert chicken man, I looked at in a whole new light. I thought, with a bit of imagination, that could be the perfect match for a single styrobator.


    I got to work.

    I found some left over foil covered foam insulation board, some foil covered bubble wrap I snagged from an insulated box from the hospital, foil duct tape and a drywall knife.

    Thirty minutes later the roast was done – and so was the foundation of the bator. As less heat will be lost through the base, I used the foil coated bubble wrap there and the thicker foam on the sides.


    For the air circulation I will use a Evercool 50x15mm fan # EC5015M12CA from Amazon for $4.80. Its half the diameter of a regular case fan and therefore should be much tamer in a small space. It runs off one of the many 12v router/tool/toy/phone charger I have horded over the years. The fan will be installed so it sucks air from the bator and then pushes it out sideways across the top of the bator.


    Attached to the fan with a small angle bracket and a hose clamp will be a small 150W heating element. It will be sitting directly in the airflow so the heat rapidly spreads through the bator. The one I ordered is 220V. As I incubate and do other things in the rest of the world (not just Americas) I have a step up transformer in my house to make 220v but in this instance I am just going to run it on 110v. A store bought styrobator uses a 40w heater. This 150w/220v heater should put out 75W with 110v. More than enough in a box with half a cubic foot of space and a room with steady ambient temps. The heater element cost $7.29 shipped on ebay. It does not take up space of a light and will not drive me crazy if I have to incubate in my room (I share a condo while Mrs Oz is in the Philippines).


    The thermostat is a WH7016C frm ebay. $13.82 shipped

    • Heating and cooling control
    • Temperature calibration function
    • Delay protection function
    • Ex-factory parameters locking function after short circuit
    • Upper and lower limits of temperature can be set
    • Can be used for domestic freezer, water tanks, refrigerator, industrial chiller, boiler, steamer, industrial equipments and other temperature-controlled systems – and incubators
    • Comes with temperature sensor probe
    • Range of temperature measurement:-50℃~110.
    • Range of temperature control:-50℃~110.
    • Temperature Measuring Error: ± 0.5 [like any thermometer, you need to calibrate it and adjust for variation but I have found them very accurate]
    • Sensor: NTC (10K / 3435)
    • Control Accuracy: 1 (Accuracy is 0.1 degrees, and 0.1 degrees per jump.)
    • Relay Contact Current: AC 5A / 220V
    • Operating Temperature: 0 ~ 50
    • Storage Temperature: -10 ~ 60
    • Power supply: (12V ,110, 220V) [wiring is simpler in 110 and 220v than 12v
    • Cable Length: 100cm (Approx.)
    • Item Dimensions:8.6x7.5x3.5 cm (LxWxH)(Approx.)


    I am including a pdf of the thermostat wiring info.

    121k .pdf file

    I will use a 99cent store extension cord for the wiring.

    The top will be hinged plexiglass with a window stick on foam insulation seal, except for the lower 6 inches where the electronics will be mounted. That area of the top will be wood. Ventilation will by a three ½ inch holes. Two in the plexiglass and one juxtaposed to the fan. Small hinges and a hasp/staple catch with complete the project tomorrow.

    About 35 bucks all in.

    Last edited: Apr 7, 2013
  6. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    SW Virginia
    My Coop

    You ROCK! I'm loving reading about the development of your new incubator. Now I'll have to keep my eyes out for an old wooden box...
  7. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looking flash mate!

    Do you mind me asking what your humidity control plan is? Manual or auto turn?

    Looks like a very solid foundation. I want to box my DIY in panel, will get around to it after this current hatch.
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    the wine was pretty good - I bought it on futures - while it was still in a barrel on the east bank.

    its just for hatching so I will put a tupperare container under the fan - tall enough so the chicks son commit hare kare and drown - I hate it when that happens.
  9. hillfloweranch

    hillfloweranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2012
    Los Angeles, California
    Hey Oz - thank you for housing the roo! Alex spent 2 1/2 days in the hospital Mesenteric adenitis w/ intussusception she's home now and recovering like a champ. So sorry to impose on you with roo...I can pick him up tomorrow let me know when and where. :)
  10. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    no worries

    i took the liberty of promising a devastated bycer a few of his girls eggs in the fall.

    take them out of my stash.

    He has been no problem. The roommate is coping too.

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