Homemade solar powered incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenshiha, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking of making a solar powered incubator using a solar panel and a light bulb and bricks as the box just in case if something burns down and stuff. I heard and did some research that i have to have a 12v battery and a 48w something(i forgot what is it i think a light bulb) can someone help me?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

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  3. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Something else you might look at besides a light bulb as a heat source is some of the heater fan combos.

    They run on 12v dc.

    Incuview incu-kit.
     
  4. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried 3 different incubators and a homemade incubator with those heat fans with bad results
     
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    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If only someone can reply with good news
     
  6. PaulM2

    PaulM2 Just Hatched

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    Have you seen this thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/976303/building-a-incubator-from-a-wine-cooler it uses an Arduino (although all the controllers can be bought off shelf too, and links are provided to alternatives) but all the components run off 12V, so I imagine it could be adapted to solar very easily. For a solar incubator I would use good insulation so that heating is not lost unnecessarily. I also think an auto turner is a must as it reduces the opening of the incubator which reduces the energy lost.
     
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