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. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    the element from a styrobator is only about 30 watts. You probably need 60-80 watts to get that going properly

    you can try running a 40 watt light in it continuously and use the element to actually control the temp. If you have a work light type lamp,try running it inside as an experiment.

    another option is to use

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    you can replace the styro element with this one.

    i use one of these in my bordeaux bator. in the phils lights seem to burn fast so i am using these to replace lights.

    http://www.amazon.com/Amico-Cartrid...466800&sr=8-3&keywords=220v+heating+cartridge

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/High-densit...841?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d0dea60f1
     
  2. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ah thanks mate!
    I have seen those heater elements on Ebay, but havent yet found an Aussie source for them.
    They are certainly cheap enough.

    Light bulbs a real problem- dont last long- if you go for super long lasting ones
    like LEDs - lots of light, no heat!

    I have several old cars lying about the farm - i was thinking I might have a look at the 12 volt heater elements in them.

    Cheers M
     
  3. apteryx

    apteryx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Incubator Warehouse sells a 110V (125W) version of heater cartridge Oz suggested. I think they are about $12 plus shipping.
     
  4. apteryx

    apteryx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry - I forgot that you are in Australia with 240V power...
     
  5. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    Another brilliant idea I had was maybe stripping the elements out of a cheap electric blanket and running that through the controller.
     
  6. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks apteryx- incubator warehouse also sell 220/240 volt models,
    but in my experience postage from the US usually costs more than the item you are buying! lol
     
  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    i buy from china on ebay - always get my stuff within 2 weeks. too cheap not to try.

    I also use the 220V on 110V with no problems

    the only problem with 12v is the number of amps you will need to drive it. high output transformers are expensive
     
  8. apteryx

    apteryx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a problem. I have obviously been in the States for too long as I keep forgetting about the extra cost of shipping overseas. Also, I agree with Oz that most of the heaters on eBay from China are too cheap not to try. My downfall is that I am usually too impatient (read disorganized - I leave the ordering too late and end up needing it yesterday) to wait the two weeks.
     
  9. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ah well- I will wait until the controller arrives and then experiment hooking heaters up to it.
    No hurry - i have my 24 egg Rcom Incubator running hot.
     
  10. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do a search for an "Ohio brooder"
    i have built a couple & i love them
    much cheeper to run than a 250 watt brooder lamp
    i have some 2 week old peeps out in mine at the moment & i am only running a pair of 15 watt bulbs
    they are "snug as a bug in a rug"[​IMG]
     

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