Making this incubator...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken boy sam, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    For my 4-H project, I would like to make my own incubator. I can't hatch anything out of it because of my parents, but I think it would be very cool to enter into the county 4-H Fair. Here's the picture that I found and I REALLY like the design.
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    I figure I'll need:
    Thermometer and Hygrometer
    Tinfoil
    Hardware Cloth
    Water Dish
    Plexiglass
    Plywood
    75 Watt Light bulb with a Dimmer

    I don't think I'm going to put a fan in or an auto turner because it's more of a hobby than commercial. I've read that the humidity should be kept at 50-55% and the temperature should be kept around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. I've also read that lock down is on day 19 out of 21 and is when you do not turn the eggs 3 times a day anymore. Is this correct? What else should I add to it or is it good enough.? What else do you think I should know?
     
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  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    thanks, that information is VERY helpful!
     
  4. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    I'm going to make the incubator 12" by 12" on every side. The top will be wood instead of glass and it will have ventilation. The glass on the one side will slide from the top and bottom and it will be plexiglass (more durable). The bottom will be a thinner piece of wood with aluminum foil over it to reflect the heat. The foil will have a metal water dish on it. Over that I will have a layer of hardware cloth slanted down a centimeter so the eggs will be at the right tilt. On one of the sides, I will have a thermometer and hygrometer. In the center of the back piece of wood, I'll have a 75 watt light bulb with a dimmer on it. I hope this works! chicken boy sam
     
  5. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    Does anyone think this will work? Will the light bulb be enough? chicken by sam
     
  6. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    a light bulb should be fine, the wattage may need to be adjusted depending on the size of your incubator and how much heat it retains. I have hatched in a chick-a bator- it's a little yellow incubator heated by a night light bulb (holds 3 eggs)
     
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  7. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    Quote:I've looked at t before and it looks like a great deal. What did you think? I don't even want to incubate that many eggs if any.
     
  9. chicken boy sam

    chicken boy sam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    Quote:you may have better luck with 2 25 watt bulbs or 2 40 watt bulbs I kina built that bator I changed it like you are going to and I insulated it a little.

    http://urbanext.illinois.edu/eggs/images/woodeninc.gif

    http://urbanext.illinois.edu/eggs/res20-incubator.html

    scroll down and red the plywood incubator part it is a plan of sorts HTH

    Instead of using a 75 watt light bulb with a dimmer, I'm going to use a 52 watt bulb that I'm going to salvage out of an ikea lamp. I'm also going to make it 10" by 10" and use sponges instead of a water pan.
     
  10. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:you may have better luck with 2 25 watt bulbs or 2 40 watt bulbs I kina built that bator I changed it like you are going to and I insulated it a little.

    http://urbanext.illinois.edu/eggs/images/woodeninc.gif

    http://urbanext.illinois.edu/eggs/res20-incubator.html

    scroll down and red the plywood incubator part it is a plan of sorts HTH

    Instead of using a 75 watt light bulb with a dimmer, I'm going to use a 52 watt bulb that I'm going to salvage out of an ikea lamp. I'm also going to make it 10" by 10" and use sponges instead of a water pan.

    if you only have one bulb and it burns out then your bator goes cold if you have 2 lamps and one burns out it does not go cold. a dimmer does not nearly as well as a thermostat I bought one from cutler a right good while back it was only like $20 I have been using one on a hova bator I got not long ago it has really done good for me temps has been rock steady .
     

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