Home-made incubator v2.0 - advice and suggestions?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by suchafunkymonkey, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. suchafunkymonkey

    suchafunkymonkey Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all.

    I've made some improvements to my home-made incubator (forced air -3rd image, backup thermometer + humdity display) - see pics and I'm looking for suggestions/improvements before I set some more eggs to hopefully hatch this time round.

    On my last attempt, the humidity was all wrong. So I bought a humidity "controller" from ebay which turned out to be a humidity sensore switch and can't control the humidity by itself - only switch on a mains-powered device. Does anyone know of anything that I could use with that?

    I plan on using egg trays this time and using a wedge to tilt the whole incubator rather than turn the eggs. This will hopefully help me control the humdity better Anything I should be wary of/take special notice?

    The temperature is still controlled by a thermostat which seemed to work pretty well last time.

    I usually fill the water tray with marbles and the incubator was only warming up when I took the photo so don't worry about the temperature reading!


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  2. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type of thermostat are you using? If you could get some pictures of the temperature control of the incubator.

    Check out my pages, I have a cooler bator, and Fridge incubator.
     
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm curious about the combination of marbles and water. Are the marbles a heat sink, or do they assist with humidity?

    I usually dry incubate and track humidity to prevent it from staying low like 25% for very long and know if it's creeping up to 50% because of several rainy days. The real test is the proper development of the air cell and moisture loss at 12-16%, depending on source.
     
  4. suchafunkymonkey

    suchafunkymonkey Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:It's a digital controller (on top to the incubator in pic one). There's a probe in the middle of the incubator (pic 2). It's set to 37.8 with a 0.3C tolerance.
     
  5. suchafunkymonkey

    suchafunkymonkey Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:The marbles are there to stop the peeps falling in and drowning in the shallow tray.

    The normal humidity with the light on is around 45%, but I don't seem to be able to increase this with trays of water which is why I'm tryng to add a humifier and controller.
     
  6. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I used a similar type of set up my second to last hatch. My humidity was a fight. I figured out that the wood was taking in most of the moisture so I had to seal the inside of the bator. I painted the inside with a latex paint. If it's holding temps I wouldn't change the set up to much.
     
  7. suchafunkymonkey

    suchafunkymonkey Out Of The Brooder

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    ok. I've lined the inside of the incubator with bubble wrap to try and limit the amount of moisture the wood can absorb. I've stuck a new bulb in and once its at temperature, I'll stick some eggs in and see how this lot goes.
     
  8. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did the plastic help with the humidity?
     
  9. Backwoods Bntms

    Backwoods Bntms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use your humidity sensor to turn on a aquariam air pump with the air stone in your tray of water. That will raise the humidity.
     

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