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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bcf45, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. bcf45

    bcf45 In the Brooder

    Jan 6, 2009
    I have build a incubator out of a ice chest it has 40 w bulb, fan, water heater thermostat. The temp. is different in 3 spots in it. one is 96 the others 99,and 102. will this be ok? also do these homemade incubators work well or not?
  2. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    My homemade styrofoam cooler/bator/hatchers work great, but my temps don't wander like that. It's a little hotter under the bulb, but I brace the top a little open right by the bulb and it stays pretty even.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Do a search for Miss Prissy's home made incubaors. There are threads on here with step by step instructions. If it is well insulated you've either got faulty thermometers or too much ventilation.

    Good luck... you just want it to be about 99.5 to 100 degrees where the eggs are sitting.... constantly for 21 days... then up the humidity a bit at day 18 and stop turning them..
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    One of to things. Ether your fan ain't circulating the air well enough or the radiant heat of the light needs blocked.... Pictures would help.
  5. bcf45

    bcf45 In the Brooder

    Jan 6, 2009
    thanks my fan may blow to much air. I will get a smaller fan
  6. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    What is the position of your fan in relationship to your thermostat? The fan and bulb should be on the other side of the bator from the thermostat. Do a search for Log cabin bator by Speckledhen.

    This is how we did ours and it holds temps really well. I have 4 thermometers in there and they register within a degree of each other.


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