If I were to build an incubator out of an aquarium, what would I need?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KatLacroix, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. KatLacroix

    KatLacroix Out Of The Brooder

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    If I set an aquarium on the side, what could I make a door out of?

    What else would I need beside a thermometer, heat, and water?

    Is there a way to read humidity without humidity guage?
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Quote:I would just use glass.

    Quote:? Thermostat, hydrometer.

    Quote:Not accurately.
     
  3. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you look through the following thread, you can find the plans I submitted for my own aquarium incubator:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=223978

    I prefer the idea of keeping the aquarium upright and building a lid that incorporates the heat-source and is made from a material that can easily be drilled for ventilation, such as wood.

    By the way - the eggs I won for that design are hatching as I type this!

    You definately need a humidity gauge. I got a little one at Wal-Mart for about $3. It looks something like this one (which is $5 on amazon.com):

    http://www.amazon.com/PETCO-Reptile...5?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1252268962&sr=1-5

    Just be careful though - I tested mine against two other humidity gauges, and found that it reads about 10% higher than it should.
     
  4. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would just use glass.

    But then, are you going to drill ventilation holes through the glass?
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Yep.
     

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