Incubator light flashing

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jmpeters, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Jmpeters

    Jmpeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone, I made a DIY incubator with a water heater thermostat. When it gets close to the temp it's set at, the light flickers. Is this normal (safe)? The incubator is a styrofoam cooler, with a fan and a 15 watt bulb, should I get a bigger bulb? The thermostat is bout an inch from the light bulb. Is this too close? Sorry for all the question's and any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a DIY styrofoam bator and had good luck with chickens and pheasants. I used a 75W bulb and a thermostat from a water heater. My bulb started blinking all the time so I changed it and it quit. I have a new bator that I made from a dorm sized refer on heat right now and I'm using a thermostat from a water bed, it's holding pretty good temps. just waiting for the eggs. Good luck with your hatch
     
  3. Jmpeters

    Jmpeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ordered a wafer thermostat and I'll wire it up and use the water heater thermostat as a fail safe.
     

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