Mini-fridge Incubator

Hawgon

Songster
8 Years
Aug 22, 2011
494
53
118
Vancouver, WA
Taking the plunge, building an incubator. Any advice or coments before I dig in? New at chickens and incubating but love projects....I have places for every chicken I hatch to go so let er rip I guess. Thank you in advance....
 

Hawgon

Songster
8 Years
Aug 22, 2011
494
53
118
Vancouver, WA
Thanks Gabrielle, read most of those, was hoping someone had one that wasnt on there or wanted to share their top secret ideas or designs. I will keep searching the internet and maybe someone will post something on here.
 

gabrielle1976

Crowing
10 Years
Feb 21, 2009
5,561
68
281
Columbia river gorge
The one time I tried it , it didnt work very well but it was also my very first time hatching and I probly made every mistake in the book. Im shure there are people on here with lots more experance then me . I did hear one tip that you should have the fan blowing on the light to circulate the heat but Im not shure as I didnt do that. Hopefully someone will get on and have more information. Oh I also heard one person that had a tiny light hooked up seprately to keep it from haveing less fluctiations. There is also a thread running around here some where about thermostates on sale Id look at that , as a good thermostate is esential
 

Jnicholson

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 23, 2012
11
1
24
I built one last fall out of a Mini fridge that I got off Craigslist. So far we have hatched 7 emus, and at least 20 chicks so I says it works. The trick is low voltage stuff I installed a transformer then used a regular stat to control it with a fan and light. Just let me know if you need help. I do HVAC for a living so getting certain temps is my job. lol
 

Hawgon

Songster
8 Years
Aug 22, 2011
494
53
118
Vancouver, WA
I built one last fall out of a Mini fridge that I got off Craigslist. So far we have hatched 7 emus, and at least 20 chicks so I says it works. The trick is low voltage stuff I installed a transformer then used a regular stat to control it with a fan and light. Just let me know if you need help. I do HVAC for a living so getting certain temps is my job. lol
Thanks for the info. One question I have is what did you do for venting? I read holes on the bottom and top of unit but how many and how big? Thanks
 

gabrielle1976

Crowing
10 Years
Feb 21, 2009
5,561
68
281
Columbia river gorge
The number of holes I guess would depend on the size of the bator I guess but I would do at least one in each corner of the bottom , one on each side and a few on top Im not shure exactly though. I used a pencil to gently make a hole in mine when I made it .
 

Hawgon

Songster
8 Years
Aug 22, 2011
494
53
118
Vancouver, WA
The number of holes I guess would depend on the size of the bator I guess but I would do at least one in each corner of the bottom , one on each side and a few on top Im not shure exactly though. I used a pencil to gently make a hole in mine when I made it .
what exactly are the holes for? To help with heat flow, oxygen or ventilation?
 

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