I think im gonna build a cabinet bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rays123, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    being one of the tight wad sort i just cant see paying 400-1000+ for a cabinet incubator. so im gonna need all you guys on heres help. i built a stryofoam bator ive been using for a while but im in need of something with a little more output capability. so ive decided to try and build a cabinet bator. not sure where to start so any help would be apperciated. right now im trying to decide on what to use as the body of the incubator.
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I use a side by side fridge.
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    House thermostat....
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    Kicking a outlet on an off with a hair dryer plugged in.
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    I used the fridge fan. An the shelves without the glass in them to hold turners.
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    Not counting turners it cost me less than $10.

    Hatching 100 plus chicks a month in it. Had to replace the hair drier last month. It was old but lasted from November.

    O yea, I jammed the ice despencer open for ventilation.
     
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  3. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:how did you get the house thermostat to work all the ones ive seen only go up to 90 degrees?
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If ya notice its not mounted level. Murcury thermostats work off gravity so tilting it changes its range.
     
  5. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nice plywood birch 45.00
    fan 400 cfm 50.00
    heater element 25.00
    Thermostat wafer 30.00 x 2 if you want a back up
    Thermostat elec 62.00 plus freght + 30 for wafer for back up
    Turner if desired 140.00
    Odds and ends 25.00 hinges closers etc.

    All could be done for less if you have stuff hanging around. Dont skimp on the thermostat.

    Fans can be had for less that price is for Grainger or equiv.

    350.00 for top of the line parts, that are readily available. It is easy to see why the builders get 600-1000 for their bators. Good luck there have been a lot of nice designs on this site.
     
  6. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the only things ill need is the thermostat, the actual bator body but i think i can fab something, and trying to decide what i want to use to heat it. everything else i have
     
  7. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok so i decided im gonna try to use on old cabinet or sink cabinet of some sort like the one i saw on here. really nice concept. but im kinda worried about all the plexiglass so i think im gonna cover the top with plywood and seal it up real good
     
  8. killer

    killer Chillin' With My Peeps

    just put you some 8x10 peep windows in it.
     
  9. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:aint never heard of a peep window
     
  10. killer

    killer Chillin' With My Peeps

    a peep is a sound of a bird. but i guess i should have said peek hole.


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