Incubator lamp heat

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FoodKillah, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. FoodKillah

    FoodKillah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made an incubator out of a cardboard box and a digital thermostat, i use a 60 w lamp to provide the heat. A pc fan blows on the lamp in the box. I cover the box with a glass to be able to see the 2 thermometers and also to see the egg when i turn it from the outside with a piece of metal wire. The thermometers and thermostat wires that count are located next to the egg

    My question is. Is 2 inches too close distance from the lamp to the egg? will the light hurt the chick in it?
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Yes. At 2 inches the egg will be hit by lots of radiant heat from the light.
     
  3. FoodKillah

    FoodKillah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How far should i place the lamp then the cardboard box i use as incubator is nearly 15 inches itself.

    Should i block the light by placing something between the lamp and the egg?
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If you cant get at least 5 inches of space between the light an the eggs I would make a heat shield. But in reality, anything over 3 inches with a 60 watt is probably ok.
     
  5. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put a piece of wood, or cardboard with aluminum foil on the bulb side... i used styrofoam...


    good luck...
     
  6. FoodKillah

    FoodKillah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i will try that thanks
     

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