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Homemade Incubator!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by duckcommander22, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. duckcommander22

    duckcommander22 New Egg

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    Just finished my new incubator and for the first 3 hours it has held temp at 99.9 degrees! I will be getting 8 khaki campbell eggs next week! Is there any thing specific for duck eggs that I should do? More humid? What temp should it be exactly?
    Thank You!!!
     
  2. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made my incubator too! I have two now actually. I am about to incubate duck eggs for the 3rd time. The first time I thought they needed higher humidity and my ducks all grew too big to hatch. [​IMG] The second time I tried dry incubating where I added NO water until day 18 and 6/6 hatched with a little help as they were still a bit too big. That hatch was at about 35% humidity. This time I will be trying for about 25 to 30% humidity during incubation. This time I hope to let my duck finish sitting on and hatching them though. She has been trying all summer for babies!

    Do you have a fan or is it still air?

    I hope your hatch goes well!
     
  3. duckcommander22

    duckcommander22 New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice about humidity! When I don't add water the humidity is at about 40%. I do have a fan in there that I took out of a old computer which is working perfect for now. What kind of heating element do you use? I use a light bulb but I noticed that my temp gets one or two degrees too high sometimes. And the only thing I can think of to fix that is to hook the light bulb up to a dimmer.
    Again thanks for the advice!
     
  4. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have top vents I play with to get humidity lower... I have a light bulb in mine and I used a dimmer for my first two hatches. I had to watch it like a hawk! That was in the Spring before it got hot... temperature is much harder to control that way if room temp if fluctuating much. I plan to keep hatching so I got a couple of these thermostats and they have been amazing. I really don't even have to think about temp these days.


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/10A-110V-Di...758?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19ebf67fe6
     
  5. duckcommander22

    duckcommander22 New Egg

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    I have seen a ton of people use those! I guess they must work then!! I will find one and order it.
    Thanks again for all the help!
     
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    duckcommander22 New Egg

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    Just ordered one but rush shipped it!
     
  7. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do work... I just used the thermometer I had in the bator to adjust the temp, rather than the digital readout on the unit. It will make your incubation a hundred times easier!

    It is nice if someone else can benefit from all my blunderings [​IMG]
     
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    duckcommander22 New Egg

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    How do I hook up the temp controller?
     
  9. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Googled my model and found a photo of how to wire it.
     

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