Incubator done what u think-homemade

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by imthegrt1, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. imthegrt1

    imthegrt1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Cooler
    Two lite fixtures
    Plastic window to see
    Water bowl
    Tray holder
    Hot water thermostat
    2 therm/humity gauges
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    Temp tho flux from
    97-104
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    Using a 60 watt and 40 watt bulb
    25w took to long to heat back up when temp drop
    Humidity about35-40
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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    What did you use for a thermostat?
     
  3. imthegrt1

    imthegrt1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hot water heater one
    12 bucks from lowes
    Have adjust it just trying to narrow that range some
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The reason I asked was to ask whether you adapted it some. A lot of folks drill a bunch of holes in it to make more air passages. Seems to help with the big swings.

    I'm building a couple of boxes and went with the little bi-metal thermostat from Incubators Warehouse.
     
  5. imthegrt1

    imthegrt1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got a vent by the look threw window
    I have 13 eggs in it 6 one side 7 other
    I know the range has to be smaller
    I put the water bowl under the thermostat
    Sponge in it.
    Decide not to use the fan figure it would cool down to fast.
    Only got 20 in it total most stuff was old junk
    Meters were 9 bucks each bought 2
    Therm was 11
    Everything else found laying around[​IMG]
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  6. SilverDuck284

    SilverDuck284 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the thermostat mounted at the bottom in that first pic? When using a water heater stat it is very important that you have it mounted within 2 inches of the heat source. They run of radiant heat, and will not work properly based on the ambient temperature.
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    True of the bi metal type as well. Being located very close to the light bulb cuts the long cycling time greatly.
     
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  8. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good idea. Make a few noted adjustments and see if it works! PS I would try using local eggs first instead of shipped eggs.
     
  9. SilverDuck284

    SilverDuck284 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really wish someone had given me that advice when I first started!!! /facepalm/
     
  10. imthegrt1

    imthegrt1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yea was thinking of moving it to but thought that would make it worst.
    Will tommorrow.
    And those are local eggs got from a friend and she turned them as she was collecting so eggs should be good.
    Thanks for the info guys
     

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