Mini-fridge Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hawgon, May 23, 2012.

  1. Hawgon

    Hawgon Songster

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    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....
     
  2. Hawgon

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    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.
     
  3. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

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    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
     
  4. Jnicholson

    Jnicholson In the Brooder

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    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
     
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  5. Hawgon

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    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
     
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

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    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 .
     
  7. Hawgon

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    what exactly are the holes for? To help with heat flow, oxygen or ventilation?
     
  8. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

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    The chicks need to have air, during incubation the eggs need air and when they pip they need air .
     
  9. Hawgon

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    Thanks for info. I was just wondering how many to put in without excessive heat loss etc.
     

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