Incubator questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aj1, May 13, 2010.

  1. aj1

    aj1 Chirping

    Mar 31, 2010
    Somewhere In, TX
    I have a little giant still air incubator. If I built a plywood box slightly larger than the incubator and lined the inside of the box with 2 or 3 inches of styrofoam insulation then placed the still air incubator inside the insulated box could i then use the incubator in unstable temps. like 70 to 90 degrees. If ya'll have other suggestions what would be a possible way to use this type of incubator in unstable temps. or build one at a reasonable price. Looking forward to hear what everyone has to say. Thanks for any replys.
  2. McSpin

    McSpin Songster

    Jun 1, 2007
    South Western NY
    No matter what you do, you have to make sure they have a fresh air supply. If you put them into a box that is getting a lot of fresh air, it probably won't make a difference. The key to a good incubator is one with a good thermostat and a reliable and adequate heat source. Insulation saves a bit on energy, but since fresh air is so important it won't make a huge difference. I would say that if your incubator is unable to keep stable temps in differing outside temps, a box that is getting adequate ventilation will probably not help.
  3. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Songster

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    That may work. I have the same incubator and the temp varies that much in my house from time to time and hasn't really effected the temps. Drafty conditions are another story though. My AC kicks butt when it comes on and really moves some air, now that does effect it. I just draped a towel over it and it was fine. I have some chirping now that are due to hatch tomorrow!

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