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Homemade incubator question!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Silkie<3, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Silkie<3

    Silkie<3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so im making my first incubator ...due to the expensiveness i can not afford a good incubator so i have decided to make my own im pretty much fallowing instructions from several different incubators on this website. but i run in to a issue...... what kind of light bulb?!?!?!? can i use a red heat lamp light bulb or will it burn the eggs? or should i just use a normal one like for a lamp ??? and one more thing do i really need a hydrometer i have been looking EVERY WERE for one but Walmart does not have then or target or pets smart is there a way that i dont need one?. i appreciate that help!! thank you!![​IMG]
     
  2. fatsu

    fatsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first homemade bator I just used a single 100 watt and it did the job. It was made out of an old coleman cooler. What general size is your homemade-bator?
     
  3. Silkie<3

    Silkie<3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'ts just a small cooler from walmart .......it doesn't say its size but i know it fits 24 cans [​IMG] what i have right now is the red 250 watt and a white 13 watt so big difference from yours [​IMG] but do you think they will work?
     
  4. fatsu

    fatsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think the red 250 watt would melt the cooler those things get HOT. and the 13 watt maybe to small. For a 24 can size cooler I'd start with a 40 watt and see how it does If its not enough move up to a 60. Its all trail and error tho. Best of luck
     
  5. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought my thermometer/hygrometer at Walmart for ~8.00 works great!!I don't know where you live but if Cody WY 's Walmart carries it yours should to LOL. It's an Acurite
    [​IMG] It's the black and silver little box on the left
    Ayda
     
  6. TeePants

    TeePants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a small styrofoam ice chest and have a 25 watt bulb in it and it seems to do fine.
     
  7. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yea get a 25 watt. that red bulb will cook them...literally. ud be surprised how much heat a little bulb can give off.
     
  8. Silkie<3

    Silkie<3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all!!!! i just went to walmart and got a 60 watt :] but still i could not find a hydrometer :[!!!! so i'm hoping ill find one before i finish the incubator im hoping to hatch silkies this fall/spring soo wish me luck!! thank you all for the help!
     
  9. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the hydrometer for? I'm hatching my first batch of eggs in my tiny walmart cooler and I have a fluke meter to measure the temp of the sand ( some use a water wiggler). I'm using a 40wt bulb that is hanging from the cooler lid and all 7 eggs are developing great! I'm doing a dry hatch, from everything I read they seem to go much smoother. I did put two small air holes in the bottom of the cooler but that's it.

    Good Luck!

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    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011

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