homemade incubators

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jgb111, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. jgb111

    jgb111 New Egg

    Sep 13, 2011
    hi i am looking to build my own incubator i have a polystyrene box ,glass,hygrometerlight and everything else i just need a thermostat but a cheap one lol or would a dimmer switch work ??? or would it be to hard to keep the temperature right??? i found a thermostat on ebay would this be ok or does anyone have any other good but cheap as possible ways to make an incubator thanks

  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    I have made two incubators. The first used a 25W light with a thermostat I already happened to have from my reptile keeping days. The second uses a reptile heat pad on a dimmer switch, which worked awesome. Once I got the temp set where I wanted it, I didn't have to make any adjustments for the entire incubation period.

    A dimmer *can* work but keep in mind that if the temperature in your house varies, you will need to adjust the dimmer accordingly.
  3. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    Get yourself a wafer thermostat & you will be happy with it.

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