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Home Made Incubator - thoughts?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by davekrista, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. This is my attempt at a styrofoam cooler incubator. Please give any advice and/or thoughts. I'm still "perfecting" it and testing it so please let me know..... The chicken wire that is in there now, I am going to take out and put something better in there. The chicken wire is sharp and I had taped up some of the sharp edges but still it is sharp in spots that i missed so I am going to replace it. I can't seem to get my humidity below 63% so tomorrow I am going to try with less water and see how that works for me. Please tell me what i can do to get the temp more consistent and the humidity down a little.

    Inside pic #1; I have 25 watt bulb connected to a water heater thermostat 90-120 (i think) I have it set on 100 but the thermometer is mostly at 97. When it kicks the light back on though I have seen it as low as 93 so I need to play with the adjustment on the thermostat. Anyone know a good setting for that? Is that more accurate than the thermometer?
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    Inside pic#2 - just the other side of the cooler where the 2nd thermometer is...
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    Outside of the cooler - You can't see in the pic but there are 2 vent holes, the 2nd is on the other side. I think I may need to add a couple more holes.
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  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Have you tried a dimmer switch instead. It will prevent the lamp from being turned on and off, and therefore keeps the temp for consistent.
     
  3. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have NOT tried a dimmer switch. I wonder if i can buy one that I can connect to the light bulb. (similiar to the connections for the thermostat?) I found a diagram for the connections here on byc so it was pretty easy, but if i can figure out where to get one and how to wire it i will try it...
     
  4. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    South East Kansas
    instead of a bowl of water, maybe try a wet cloth.
     
  5. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, i have adjusted placement and the light kicks off at 100 and back on at 99.....and the humidity i have fluctuating at 53% and 54% but i am still trying to get it up a bit more.....[​IMG]
     

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