I got a free cabinet incubator today!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cara, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    I went to take a look at a cabinet incubator that was advertised locally, and the seller told me I could have it for free if i'd hatch him some quail and pheasants! It was a deal! It came with three egg turners and three hatching trays. I brought it home, plugged it in, and it is all working but I have a temperature issue. I can't get it to heat above 85F but the thermostat is turned up all the way. Is this more likely to be a thermostat or element issue?
     
  2. emandmikey

    emandmikey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would replace both just to be sure.
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Em is right, I would replace both.

    The heating elements are cheap, so that shouldn't be a problem.

    The thermostats can get expensive, depending on whether it has the wafers or digitals.

    You may end up putting close to $100 into it, but that is still a great bargain.

    Matt
     
  4. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    I believe it's a wafer; it's a metal disc about 3" diameter located near the thermostat box.
     
  5. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2009
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Start with the wafer and work your way up. That would be so cool if you just needed the new wafer. Congrats on a great find!
     
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    You lucky dog you, good for you!!!.
     
  8. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
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    have you replaced the thermometer? I would try that first before changing anything else.
    then if mot that go onto the nest likely prospect.
     
  9. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:The L is how you adjust the temp. The more you screw it out the higher the temp. The wafer is attached to that.

    It should have 2 thermostats. 1 is a back up.

    If you know the make and model number you should be able to look up the plans and instructions for it online. Especially if it is a GQF.

    Matt
     
  10. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    There are two thermometers built into it, and I put a third wireless one inside.
     

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