How to make a homemade cheap incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Amer101, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Amer101

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    I'm on a low budget so I would appreciate it if anyone could send me how to make a homemade incubator and some pictures too
     
  2. PD-Riverman

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    Welcome!


    100's and 100's of Idea's on you-tube.
     
  3. Amer101

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    Thanks
     
  4. AshleyMarie17

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    Please let us know if you find a successful one! Alot of people say that they can dry incubate until the last few days so maybe that helps to only have to regulate the temperature for a while.
     
  5. PD-Riverman

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    Regulating the Humidity should not be a problem----humidity is controlled by the water surface---if you want more---just add more surface, less---less surface---its not how much water, its how much surface. Example---a small container will have less humidity than a big container----doesn't matter if one is deeper than the other. Deeper would mean you would have to add water less.

    If you build a incubator and do not figure in room for the water containers----you got a problem.

    I feel I could take one of the Styrofoam coolers and build a working incubator---use a utensil tray in the bottom for water---fill every how many troughs you need for the humidity you want---lay a piece of 1/4" hardware cloth across that tray---add heat, whether its a bulb or heating element, add a fan to move the air around and 2 important things some try to get by without---a thermostat and vents. Thermostats can be bought off Ebay for $10 to $15-----vents--size and location have to be where they work proper---just according to how its built----but simple. So with that example I feel I can build a ""WORKING" incubator cheap using those few things.
     
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  6. AshleyMarie17

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    Thank you! I learn so much here! Right now my issue is that my two internal thermometers both say 94 now but my digital one says 99.5. idk what to believe
     
  7. PD-Riverman

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    Have you put them all in the same spot----grouped together to see how close they are? Not one here and one over there----all 3 right together?
     
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  8. AshleyMarie17

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    One is built in to the incubator. It's digital. The other two are right next to each other, but they're all close to the center.
     
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  9. PD-Riverman

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    If its the Styrofoam one Tractor Supply sells----go with the other ones----most of those things have been nothing but problems----a lot of unhappy people/customers. What kind do you have?
     
  10. AshleyMarie17

    AshleyMarie17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ughhhh!!! ... The styrofoam one TSC has. :( Farm innovations 4250
     

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