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Just built a cardboard incubator - need to troubleshoot

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DangerChickenHouse, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It isn't getting hot enough. I lined my sides with foil to help the temp rise. I'm currently at 95 degrees. Does anyone have any ideas on how to help me jump up an extra 5 degrees?
     
  2. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of light bulb you using? My first incubator was a cardboard one. I poked holes in the side for ventilation and used a 75 watt bulb on a dimmer switch. Make sure you don't use those eco bulbs or energy saver bulbs. They don't emit a lot of heat. To raise the temp use a bigger bulb or higher watt bulb.
     
  3. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the response.

    My bulb was an extra that I found in a drawer. I'm not sure what watt it is. Maybe I'll find something higher.

    Also, my humidity is way high. How do I lower it?
     
  4. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a lot of water in the incubator? Humidity depends on the amount of surface area the water takes up. So maybe get a smaller bowl to put the water in or remove any sponges or paper towels if you are using them. Also make sure there is proper ventilation. Extra humidity will escape through this ventilation.
     
  5. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just took all of the water out and the humidity is now slowly dropping.

    I also lined the entire inside with foil. It helped heat the box up quick!

    Thanks for everyone's help!
     

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