Homemade" dishwasher" Incubator anyone?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mominoz, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Dishwasher sorta died-(wanted one that actually cleaned anyway) and wonder if it could be retrofitted into an incubator.?Anybody done one? or Just insulate it and make it like a cabinet one ?
     
  2. critterranch

    critterranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this sounds interesting! anyone?
     
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  3. dmccann

    dmccann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That does sound good,mine was been a piece of junk from day 1!
     
  4. chicken-owner-31

    chicken-owner-31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooooo, that does sound like a cool idea! I mean, it should already have a heating element in it, no? And is water tight......

    I don't know anything about hommade incubators, but I like this idea! (And could use an excuse to beg my hubby to upgrade ours!) [​IMG]
     
  5. marcym

    marcym Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been eying an old dishwasher that we have out in the barn. I'm sure there is a way to make it a great incubator, but I'm not creative enough to make it happen. If anybody takes the time to do so, I'd love directions!!
     
  6. chicken-whisperer

    chicken-whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow no replies for how long? Yes this is a great idea I made a dishwasher into an incubator because they have heat, air circulation, shelving, air tight door and some insulation. The pictures will appear after my eggs hatch (if they do) on 5/29/11
     
  7. chicken-whisperer

    chicken-whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dishwasher incubator was a success. We hatched a higher percentage than the best hatching rate in the store bought. 27 Black Copper Marans
     
  8. Beverrlly

    Beverrlly Out Of The Brooder

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    So how'd you do it?? Curious minds want to know!
     
  9. Meghalu

    Meghalu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amazing! Can you provide any directions/instructions davidasbury?
     
  10. chicken-whisperer

    chicken-whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1)I used a wafer thermastat wired to the heat element that I half covered with a scrap of metal (heat sink)
    2)then moved the fan to the inside & wired it to stay on
    3)added two egg turners one to each shelf
    4) added a light to tell when the heat came on
    5) put in a pan of water
    6) tested and adjusted
    7) put in eggs
    The total cost not counting the egg turners was $34.95
    also kept a Dishwasher out of the land fill
     

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