incubator question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dem-crazy-chickens, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. dem-crazy-chickens

    dem-crazy-chickens New Egg

    Mar 30, 2009
    would it be cheaper to make an incubator or go and buy one and if i go to build one what stuff would i need
  2. Country Gal

    Country Gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2007
    Capac, MI
    So much cheaper to make it yourself! Plus, you get the added bonus of feeling really proud of yourself for doing it...

    Anyways, you probably have several of the parts laying around the garage already. Search the posts, you won't have any trouble finding plans to make one out of one of those styrofoam coolers. I ended up using one of my dad's old fishing coolers and it worked great. I think the only things I had to buy was the thermostat, the hydrometer, and a lamp kit.

    I used a small hole saw (about the diameter of a wine cork) and drilled some holes around the top, then plugged them with wine corks, so they were there if I needed added ventilation. I wired up a lightbulb to the thermostat. I found some wire mesh in the garage and bent it so that it would span the cooler and sit approx 2" from the bottom, and I put an old cake pan full of water under that. When the water got low, I could refil the pan by pouring water through the mesh. Keep an eye one the hydrometer, whenever I needed additional humidity (ie, the last three days of incubation), I added wet towels lining the sides of the cooler.

    Good luck!
  3. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    Its not always cheaper to make one. I for one spent about the same on my LG shipped then I did on my home made one and they work abou tthe same though once I got the temps on the LG right it was a bit more stable.
    If you dont have some of the stuff or if you live in a place where some prices are higher it can cost anywhere from 40-50 to make one , and a LG from tractor supply comp cost that with shipping. If on the other hand you have some of the stuff around or cheap places to get it normally all you have to get is some wire and say a therm or lamp socket and you only send about 20 bucks.
    Good luck

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