Just had to build an incubator, Pics

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 4-H chicken mom, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    When I was at Goodwill donating some items, this girl was throwing away this styrofoam cooler. All I thought of was Miss Prissy's incubator. I asked her if I could have it. Why I don't know. Too many enablers on this site. So now I have a box with no lid. My husband asked me why I brought a cooler home and I told him WE were going to build an incubator. He laughed and said you kidding right, even though he knew I wasn't kidding about this. I have said for a while now that I've wanted to build one. So he went to his garage and got all the parts we needed except for a lid and the water heater themostat. I went to Home Depot and pick up a themostat and a piece of glass to use as a lid. The hardware cloth I had, the squares where too big for chicks, so I bought a piece of plastic gutter guard for $1.80 and cut it to fit on the bottom. I put in a flexible tube through the side with a large syringe attached to put water in the dish underneath the floor, (can't see that). I got the pc fan and light all hook up and we are ready to go. I do keep a towel over the glass. It help keeps the warm air in. We decided to cut a square out of the side to use for turning the eggs. This way I don't have to open the glass and let all the warm air and humidity out. I am testing some bantam cochin buff brahma eggs to see if our young rooster is fertile. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  2. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
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    Wow - nice job. And to think someone was going to throw that cooler away. One mans trash is another mans gold. I should know - my brother in law to be was going to throw away scrap wood and I ended up taking almost all of it. I built roosts with some of it and the rest I will use next spring when we build a new bigger coop. Good luck with the eggs.
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]...good job!
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Just look at you go! Woooo Hooo! [​IMG]
     
  5. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    [​IMG] Fab Job!!![​IMG]
     
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  6. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    Very nice job. So how is it holding steady on temp and humidity?
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] NICE JOB - awesome in fact....

    I always know when my husband says WE - he means its something I'M going to be doing.... [​IMG]
     
  8. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your incubator looks great! My aunt sent a omaha steak gift basket for christmas and it came in a beautiful styrofoam cooler that is now stored in the basement...along with the other "newborn" stuff!
     
  9. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Nice job!! The all glass top will make for great viewing!
     

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