Incubator build

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by momma chicken, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. momma chicken

    momma chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello , I'm building my first incubator and i have a couple questions.
    does anyone know (should the thermostat be near the light bulb ? )
    Here is what i have so far.
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  2. Pancholoco

    Pancholoco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it should be. I saw same question here couple days ago. Good luck
     
  3. momma chicken

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    Thank You
     
  4. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I made a homemade incubator out of a cardboard box (not my first time), my suggestion on the water in the bator is to not have a lot, I have been putting a 1/2 cup in the evenings every other day and then taking it out.(you don't want mushy chicks.) The eggs have alot of fluids inside already. I have noticed my bator will be moist inside just from the eggs. Some people say not water till day 19 but I say it depends on your situation. I have a wood stove in my house so some water is good. Maybe if you lived in Seattle no water would be needed. I will put sponges in on day 19. I am on day 15. I put in 14 eggs and from candling 13 are still good. Also don't be afraid of handling the eggs, (clean hands of course.) I candle and rotate my eggs 2x a day. Chickens leave their nest once or twice a day so eggs actually like a break.
     
  5. Sally Sunshine

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    acemario Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my current set up. It keeps the temperature at 99-100 degrees, and a humidity around 40%. This was also my first incubator! Thanks SallySunshine! Good luck!
     
  7. Sally Sunshine

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    awesome!! Let us know how it goes!!
     
  8. momma chicken

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    Thank You all for your comments. it has been helpful.
    I received my thermostat a couple days ago and installed it in the incubator and it a steady 99.5 - 100 degrees and humidity is 43%.
    i set 24 eggs today. I'll keep you posted.

    all your help was very much appreciated [​IMG]
     
  9. momma chicken

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  10. Pancholoco

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    Good luck. Date of hatch?
     

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