light for incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jcskowronek, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. jcskowronek

    jcskowronek Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told yesterday i should use a heat lamp attached to a dimmer switch for my incubator, that it would be better than a lightbulb. is this the case, or are 2 plain lightbulbs better?

    also, do i need a false bottom? people have told it its helpful but not mandatory but someone else said it is mandatory. which is right?

    thanks
     
  2. jcskowronek

    jcskowronek Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone????
     
  3. n8ivetxn

    n8ivetxn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you put a heat lamp in your bator, you'll have cooked eggs... use 2 light bulbs (one serves as a back up in case the main blows). Since I can't find incandescent bulbs anymore, I use the GE crystal clear, 100w halogens. 2 of them. Depending on the size of your box, you may use a smaller watt bulb.... my box isn't insulated, it's a clear storage box, so I needed more wattage.

    Originally, I did have a raised floor, but then I took it out. I may regret that, I don't know. This is my first incubation, so I'm no expert, I've just read a lot of Sally Sunshine's articles/posts on incubating..... It isn't mandatory to have a raised floor. People use them so they can place a shallow pan of water under it to help raise their humidity, as needed. It's out of sight and doesn't take up your floor space for hatching. I use a small, oblong container that runs along the side, I put a sponge in it and run aquarium tubing down to it. I have a 2" funnel at the top and just add water without taking the top off.

    If you put hardware cloth over your raised floor, I would suggest using some rubber drawer matting ($4.50 at walmart) over it so little feet don't get stuck....

    Good Luck!
     

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