home made incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken-whisperer, May 17, 2011.

  1. chicken-whisperer

    chicken-whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I finally did it I made a incubator from a dishwasher. It now has 50 Black Copper Marans eggs in it and the only cost was $25 for the wafer thermostat. I already had the egg turners. save the land fill
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool Idea!

    Did you use the heat element in the dish washer for heat source? Would be pretty high wattage but With a dimmer I would think it could be dialed down enough
     
  4. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Welcome to BackYard Chickens davidasbury! [​IMG]



    We're in need of a new dishwasher. The one we have does not

    work, and I'm tired of washing dishes! [​IMG] Maybe we'll try your idea,

    and make it into an incubator?
     
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  5. QuailQT

    QuailQT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pics please! Would love to see what it looks like!
     
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Great idea!! Love to see recycling and repurposing!!
     
  7. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awesome job....great use of landfill junk....was there much insulation in it?? pics when you get a chance...thanks
     
  8. chicken-whisperer

    chicken-whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like an old dishwasher but has been keeping the eggs at 99.5 F +- 2 . I used the original heating element and the fan (moved it) I placed a sheet metal deflector to act as a heat sink over the heat coil. [I also have a brooder using a dishwasher heat coil.] The only thing missing is a window but we dont have much to look at till day 21. I will post pictures post hatch[​IMG]
     
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