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Making my own incubator....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Corey NC, May 14, 2007.

  1. Corey NC

    Corey NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    I am wanting to make my own incubator, with a shoebox and a light. I would have a thermometer and make sure the temperature is always 100.5. Would shavings be ok for the bottom and would turn 3x's daily. What can I do for the humidity? Has anyone had success with something like this?
     
  2. Keisha

    Keisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I myself am wantign to give a go at making my own incubator. i've heard that the homemade stryofoam incubators acutally work, which really excites me. I have never heard of using a shoe box though..
     
  3. Keisha

    Keisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As for humidity, possibly a small pan of water, or a small container?
     
  4. SkeeredChicken

    SkeeredChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We are talking circulated air, right? Still air has to be set a tad bit higher.
     
  5. Corey NC

    Corey NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    idk, I have never used an incubator still-air or circulated. You tell me what I should do, like I said never used an incubator before (cant afford to) just done it with broody momma.
     
  6. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    IMHO....Im not sure a shoebox would work. They have styrafoam (sp?) coolers around that would work better. A shoebox seems it would absorb the mositure from the humidity and fall apart, or not hold it so that they eggs can get the proper humidity. You can pick up a cooler like that at Walmart and sometimes store will give them away when they receieve orders in them. Anyway, a shoebox may also be difficult to keep a temperature in, to much air flow and I would worry about a fire hazard with a bulb hot enough to warm up to 100F up that close to it. [​IMG]

    There are some threads on here on how to make a styrofoam incubator for under $20.

    Hope things work out for your incubator!!!
     
  7. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    Oh, you know, I did my first hatch in a cooler, like the one you take your lunch to work in or pile sodas in for a picnic. I had a small lunch size on in the house and when my hen decided not to sit on the eggs anymore, I used that with a large dispoable tupperware container in it. It actually held the temp quite well and I left the top on the tupperware container to keep in the moisture. It seemed to work okay.
     
  8. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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