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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by barkerbeau, Nov 22, 2011.
OK....light bulbs are ruled out for heat source. What's another heat source?
I've heard of people using "seed germination mats" to take the edge off.
Not exactly a cheap option, though.
Ceramic heater bulb put out heat and are made to fit std. light bulb sockets.No light though.Ebay has lots...cva34
Ceramic heaters and reptile pads are a few things I have used.
I've been using a home made hot water bottle (whatever plastic bottle I have at the moment) I might invest in a real red rubber one soon.
fish tank heaters work in a mug of water.
What are u using the heat source for? A brooder or incubator???
I keep tripping over food dehydrators at the second hand stores in town...the aluminum heat tube looks identical to the ones used in my expensive still air 'bator. I haven't tested them yet, but with a thermostat I think you could achieve efficient and consistent temperature.
I use a heating pad in the brooder.
Also know someone who hatched chicks in the oven, using the oven lightbulb for heat.
I agree with FSW, I had a fanless dehydrator that didn't sell at a yard sale, I'd already cut the cord off the thing for another project and right as I was about to toss the rest out a light bulb went on in my head. Get a Ranco ETC-111000 for the thermostat (I used to trust these with $1,000 snake eggs!) and see how well it works, I would think it's far better than a light bulb. The only thing I don't like about it and the use of the same thing in the Hova is that temps still rise slightly even after the unit has been turned off.