I built my own incubator to hatch my first chickens.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kludgemechanic, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. kludgemechanic

    kludgemechanic Out Of The Brooder

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    My wife and I wanted to get some chickens for our 2 boys even though neither one of us knows anything about chickens. I love making things so I decided to make my own incubator. I did a lot of research online. I just set the eggs today (2/16/2015). I bought a dozen Black Australorp eggs from a local breeder. I'm located in Rock Spring, Georgia which is about 30 min south of Chattanooga, TN.

    I made my incubator from a broken down refrigerator / freezer. I used the top section which is the freezer. I cleaned it well as it was pretty nasty inside. I took out the cosmetic pieces and left the fan inside. I wired the fan to a cord and use it to circulate the air. I bought a PID controller on Amazon to control power to a 100w light-bulb. I made an egg table and a egg tuner that I seen on YouTube. I haven't been able to locate an electric motor that rotates slow enough for my egg tuner yet but at least I wont have to turn ever egg manually, I just have to push the table over a few inches and it will rotate the eggs for me.

    I wanted to share my short story with anyone that is interested, I have put in a lot of time into making the incubator. I hope I can get some chicks to hatch.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2015
  2. Rani

    Rani Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope it all goes well and look forward to watching your progress!!!
     
  3. kludgemechanic

    kludgemechanic Out Of The Brooder

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    I will keep chiming in on the progress! If you have any advise, I'll take it!
     
  4. bamachicks8

    bamachicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pictures?
    :pop :caf
     
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  5. kludgemechanic

    kludgemechanic Out Of The Brooder

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    Sure, I will post some pictures tonight!
     
  6. kludgemechanic

    kludgemechanic Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some pictures of my homemade incubator:

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  7. kludgemechanic

    kludgemechanic Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a breakdown of all of the pieces in there:

    Black: Fan
    Blue: Temp Sensor for the PID Controller. (Notice that is level with the top of the eggs
    Red: Wireless Temp/Humidity Sensor
    Green: Egg Turner that I made I just push the egg turner about 1.5 inches and it rolls the eggs upside down.
    Yellow: Stationary table that I made, the eggs rest on it. It allows moisture to get to them.
    Teal: 2 water trays which are under the stationary table to add humidity.

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  8. bamachicks8

    bamachicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can't wait for baby chics.
     
  9. kludgemechanic

    kludgemechanic Out Of The Brooder

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    My uncle gave me 15 Exchequer Leghorn eggs. I set them today! Last night I added an RFduino that uses Arduino software to talke to a temperature/humidity sensor. It gives me temperature and humidity settings ever 2 seconds. I have it on a spare laptop that I can remote into from work (at lunch time of course). That way I can check the temp and humidity during the day. If I see a problem I can call my wife who is a stay at home mom and have her adjust something. So far the temp is always spot on using the PID controller. The only thing that may need adjusting is the humidity. Below is a screenshot of what the report looks like. It just adds a new line at the bottom ever 2 seconds.

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  10. bamachicks8

    bamachicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's awesome! I would never get any work done though.
     

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