Homemade Cooler/Fridge-a-Bator Hatcher Instructions/Diagram

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by speckledhen, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Thank my DH for this one folks! By request, here are your instructions with diagram:

    48 Qt Cooler / Fridge-a-bator
    1. The cooler is a standard 48 qt plastic insulated cooler. The Fridge is a small, college dorm size refrigerator , out of which I removed the compressor and electronic switches.

    2. I then cut a viewing window in both and covered with 2 layers of plexiglass with an air space between sealed with silicone. The Fridge has an inner plastic panel that has to be removed. I replaced it with metal flashing. I covered the window on the Fridge with wood trim.

    3. The inner workings of both are the same. The Fridge had to be placed on itÂ’s side because of extreme temp readings while it was standing up. My boxes contain

    A: 12vdc fan from a computer ,
    B: 9-12vdc small power supply to drive the fan,
    C: Wafer thermostat ,
    D: Ceramic bulb socket w/ 60 watt bulb,
    E: Nightlight.

    Wiring is as follows.

    1. One leg of the 115vac (from the house power) is connected to one side of the wafer thermostat, 9-12vdc power supply, and finally the nightlight.

    2. The other leg of the 115vac is connected to the other side of the 9-12vac power supply, nightlight, and the ceramic bulb socket.

    3. The remaining leg of the ceramic bulb socket is connected to the unused wire on the wafer thermostat.

    4. Connect 9-12vdc to 12vcd fan. From power supply.

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    ****NOTE: With a lightbulb as the heat source, we always put a deflector made from aluminum flashing in front of it to keep eggs in that area from cooking from concentrated heat. The bulb is a 60 watt bulb in both hatchers
     
  2. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    Hugs hugs hugs to both of you thank you so much. Do you think you could make a double one from a full size fridge/freezer and how would a freezer work, stupid ? as you only use the shell LOL, but I am just excited and thinking out loud LOL. Thank your hubby so much for me and thanks to you as well.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    DH says that someone on the internet built a large one like you're talking about with a GQF thermostat made for a cabinet incubator, so I'm sure its possible. GQF, in case you didn't know, is the manufacturer of the Hovabator.
     
  4. RebelsHope

    RebelsHope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. . . I can't wait to get started.
     
  5. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    I know who GQF is but I wouldn't of thought of them for a source so thanks again.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Here are some babies hatching in the Fridge-a-Bator in November & January. You can see how clean they're hatching:
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  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I still want the water dishes.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They are nice, I agree. A perfect fit. I was thrilled to find the set of two and if I recall, that set was less than $4!
     
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  9. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Tulsa
    GQF spares are a good source of parts for DIY, but they aren't cheap.

    If you want a good fan for a larger cabinet, the compressor fans from fridges are excellent, and the blades can be changed to the diameter you want.

    Lots of sources for resistive heaters, just string 'em in front of the fan on ceramic insulators.

    Irrigation timers can be used to control auto-turners, they will happily wire in a way that reverse a DC motor. Needs some playing with, but it seems to work.

    Keep the ideas coming.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you want a good fan for a larger cabinet, the compressor fans from fridges are excellent, and the blades can be changed to the diameter you want.

    Good to know. Thx.​
     

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