Homemade incubator questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bebop, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Bebop

    Bebop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, I just can't afford the luxury of buying an incubator.. even a used one lol and this will give me something to do.. [​IMG]

    Still researching incubator plans but this is what I have so far as far as materials:

    20g tall aquarium (one of the short side is shattered, so I might punch it out and replace it with something)
    We might have an old laptop with a fan in it. If it's no good.. is this fan okay?
    fan on eBay
    I also have an 55gal screen lid that no one wants to buy off me, so I might take that apart
    I have a thermostat that I traded for a couple years back.. somewhere...

    I'm just hoping some of these things will be useful..
    My husband is really good with electronics and we have a lot of electronics, so we're going to see if we can find a proper adapter. I'll post what we find and will likely ask what would be best.
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2010
  2. Bebop

    Bebop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay all of them are 120V.. and will I need to rewire it to work with the fan?
     
  3. t0m

    t0m Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Jess, computer fans are typically 12V DC like the ones on eBay that you linked to. I guess you will either need a mains adapter or a 12V battery to run them. If you have an adapter that gives 9V or 15V you might still give it a try, the fan will probably still work but might burn out quicker. Hope this helps.
     
  4. keaton85

    keaton85 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just did a little write up on fans, it should be on the next page here...

    I personally like the 120MM fans due to noise, they move the same amount of air with less noise in my opinion. Also I have mine on a lizard light controller so I can turn it up or down haha! Just make sure not to have a lot of air flowing over the eggs or you will have excessive evaporation.
     
  5. MJCooper42

    MJCooper42 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Bebop!

    I just finished Making my 'bator from an old aquarium last night.. I had issues with a constant temp, so I ended up putting aluminium foil inside and out taped down, then on the out side i have some foam board taped down, seemed to do the trick I have 3 small fans in there all at different angles to move the air around...

    I have a thermostat from a water heater in there to control the lights.. humidity seems to be the issue for me, surprisingly it is too low 30% ... I'm thinking of removing one of the fans to see if that'll help!

    But anywho.. good luck!
    alot of people say don't try to use an aquarium, I say work with what ya got!

    cheers!
    MjCooper
     
  6. Bebop

    Bebop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks guys! Okay, here's what I have now.. (not much has really changed...)

    Got a free Styrofoam cooler from Wally World!
    Found a 120v input 12v output Linksys transformer - this is the one i need right?
    Found the thermostat
    will be tearing apart the 55gal screen lid so i'll have a mesh screen
    a piece of glass that needs to be cut

    so i still need a fan, light kit, light bulb (what wattage?), a means for humidity (too easy), thermometer/hygrometer.. need to see what else i need though.
    Okay, I know that some people get dimmers and things like that to control heat and humidity, will the thermostat do the same thing?
     

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