Incukit DC

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FCFarm, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. FCFarm

    FCFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I just thought I'd post my experience with the Incukit DC with proportional Thermostat from Incubator Warehouse. Before I bought it, I had a hard time finding reviews, so I wanted to share in case there were others wondering about it.

    This is my first time hatching and I went with a DIY cooler incubator because I though I could build one for much less than the cost of a Hova Bator Genesis (which gets such awesome reviews on here, but more than I wanted to spend right now). I already had a cube cooler in great shape and I paid $52 (including shipping) for the Incukit. They had a $5 off coupon on their facebook page. I ordered last Thursday evening and it arrived on Monday via USPS using standard shipping. I'm really glad I didn't pay the extra $7 for expedited shipping! It would have been a waste.

    The specs of the incukit are here http://incubatorwarehouse.com/48-watt-incukit-dc.html

    It took me a few hours to cut holes in the top of the cooler and install my glass (from a picture frame) and the incukit. The all in one unit comes with screws, washers and a template to help you cut the hole. Once I had the incukit in place, I plugged it in and the heater and fan kicked in. I set up my cooler with a pan for water, a few glass bottles for heat sinks, and a hardware cloth tray to hold the eggs. I also bought an acu-rite remote thermometer/hygrometer. I know there are MUCH better thermometers out there, but I bought this one just as a backup to make sure the incukit was still reading accurately. I have my cooler located in a closet space, so it is protected from most temperature fluctuations. I set it on a thick blanket to insulate from cold tile floors.

    It took about 4 hours to reach 99.5, but I also forgot to put HOT water in my heat sink bottles. I imagine having to heat up room temp water added time. Once it got to temp, I let it run overnight to stabilize, however, I don't think it was necessary. Once it reached temp, it was quite stable. The air temp fluctuates around 99-100, but most of the time it reads close to 99.5. It is a proportional heater, so the closer it gets to 99.5, the element uses less power. The directions say it should not run above 65% the majority of the time, and if it does your incubator is too large or not insulated enough. It only puts out 48watts, so is best for small incubators, or could be used in conjunction with a lightbulb. The fan runs constantly, but can be adjusted in the digital menu (it is recommended not to lower it too much, however, as that can cause the unit to overheat).

    I set my eggs on Tuesday and have been really happy so far. I did not buy an auto turner and have been turning by hand. The air temp reads 98 after I'm done, but quickly gets back up to temp. My only concern is how long the unit will last. I feel like the fact that it is so close to the heat elements may wear on it over time. That being said, Incubator Warehouse has a 1 year guarantee, so if there are any problems, I will surely send it back. I had initially considered wiring a ranco thermostat, but that would have ultimately cost more and been more timely. I'm also not an electrician by any means, so that may have been risky! [​IMG]

    Ok, I will update as my hatch goes. If anyone has questions, I'd be happy to answer. I did so much reading on BYC before I built my incubator, so I thought I should return the favor and post my experience. -Kelsey

    Here are some photos:


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    The incukit DC

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    Installing it into my cooler

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    A cozy spot for the incubator

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    Heat Sinks before I set my eggs

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    The unit from the inside of the cooler

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    Prepping eggs with Xs and Os!
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013
  2. red golden

    red golden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck and keep updates as you go.
     
  3. FCFarm

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    15 eggs went into lockdown yesterday morning (start of day 18). Humidity reading a steady 65-70%.

    I came home this evening to see 8 chicks have pipped! [​IMG]My face is near glued to the incubator window!
     
  4. red golden

    red golden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats now here comes more chcbicks you will be hatching next.
     
  5. Yiannisk

    Yiannisk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Incukit DC is great and easy to use for diy incu just be careful of the high humidity when the chicks start to hatch i have it for almost a year and i had a lot of good hatches but on the last hatch due to water concentration on it the display lost the first line i know that i could send it buck but as i live on the other side of the world it is not worth the postage money to send it and any how it is still doing the job

    here is mine with the egg turner
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/664471/my-60-dollar-home-made-incubator
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013
  6. FCFarm

    FCFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    The incukit worked very well, but I do wonder how it will hold up over time. The high humidity can't be good for the electronics. I wish they would make the kit so the circuit board is separate and can stay outside the incubator. I am not looking forward to cleaning it! I should consider getting something else to hatch in and only use the incukit for incubating.

    Well, for now, I am happy! I started with 18 eggs. Three were infertile, and of the remaining 15, I had 14 hatch. One egg never pipped and I suspect it never fully developed. I'm really relieved to have my first hatch finished without any real problems.
     

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