Make shift incubator/hatcher?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by morganalefae, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. morganalefae

    morganalefae Head nut at the nut house

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    I want to know how I can make a make shift incubator/hatcher I ask as I am doing staggered hatches atm and my dumb brinsea mini II eco's fan has decided to pack it in (only bought the thing last year!) but I do not have time to send the stupid thing off to get fixed nor do I have time to wait for parts (think my hubby voided the warranty on it by using a small screwdriver that was not brinsea brand on it!).

    My eggs are due for lock down in the next few days so I need to get this sorted like now. I have a cheap styrofoam box (got two really) I got a digital temp and humidity things it reads about 1.4c more then what the real temp is. I have a heating pad (but it does turn off after so long) I also have a old table lamp (not sure of wattage).

    I know people have made incubators/hatchers out of this stuff but can anyone point me in the right direction (this is only temp til my heka 90 egg incubator gets here).
     
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  2. Texas Kiki

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    Do you have/can you get a working thermostat? Wait I've not ever made it to the hatching part...do hatchers need to stay the same-ish temps as a bator?
     
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  3. Texas Kiki

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    I posted too quick...I couldn't be bothered to read more than the first paragraph the first time.

    Let's see...how much time do we have to figure this out?
     
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    :barnie a few days. Ok. Let me go back to sleep and I'll be back with some ideas when I wake up for real.
     
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  5. morganalefae

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    Yes or at lest as close as possible. I don't have a thermostat but I do have the liquid in glad brinsea thermometer as well as my digital thermometer and humidity thingy. I have rigged something up with the few bits I do have.
     
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    Pics?
     
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  7. morganalefae

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    I have a medium size styrofoam cooler thing I have cleaned that out. I laid a old burp cloth on the base followed by a auto turn off heating pad ( I'm up and down all night every few hrs anyway so can turn it on or off etc) I have a dish with water in there ( think I need bigger dish and a sponge) and the thermometers and humidity thing.

    Checked on it round a hr ago it seems to be steady at 36.5c (need to increase heat but steady heat is a good sign) humidity was solid at 50%.

    Checked on the in side to see if it was warm yes and it felt humid to turned up temp so let's see if I can get this going.
     
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  9. HenniesInMyHeart

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    Could you crank up the temp in the Brinsea and convert to still air? That may be easiest. I know the temps are different for still air but it should be possible!
     
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  10. morganalefae

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    thought about it but the fan has bad the thing stink something bad and don't want to risk it. I have debated about buying a new plug and fan for it but don't feel like blowing £27 or roughly $39 for both. specially when I basically have everything to make a kiki type ghetto incubator ;)

    btw I love the term now remind me who it was that came up with that one cuz they need a thank you lol:lau
     

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