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My first attempt at building a bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thumbless, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. thumbless

    thumbless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off I copyed the design from MissPrissy

    This is a old Coleman cooler that we havent used in years
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    Has a nice little door so you dont have to open the whole thing up
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    Here it is just befor getting started.
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    Took one of my wifes good bowls hope she doesnt find out.
    Hardware cloth done. After the second cut on my finger I got out the leather gloves.
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    Drilled the hole for the lamp kit
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    Put the lamp kit in.
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    Built the guard over the bulb
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    Cut the hole in the lid for the glass. The cooler is backwards, anyone see a problem here?
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    Here it is what I first fired it up. Note there is a fan in there now.
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    Glass is in place just need to get the temp right now
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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Lookin good! What are you using for a thermostat?
     
  3. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    nice, then, i only want to ask, you only use 1 thermohygro inside?

    is that accurate?
     
  4. thumbless

    thumbless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For right now that is correct, as I havent worked since march, seems no one in hiring network enginneers right now, so I decided to play with some chickens.
     
  5. thumbless

    thumbless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just added some flair to the bator.

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  6. marc81

    marc81 Out Of The Brooder

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    Very cool is there enough room to put a turner in there still?
     
  7. thumbless

    thumbless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont think so, with that little door in the lid I'm not losing that much heat and im running a 60w bulb so it does recover pretty quick.
     
  8. Suechick

    Suechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Snazy!, Love it!
     
  9. thumbless

    thumbless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two thermometers in there now and one shows 104.8 it has a probe and the other one pictured shows 98 not sure where to go with this now.
     
  10. skywatcher

    skywatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My though is to make it safe,so you don't get electrocuted,or burn your house down.You have electricity metal & moisture,you need a ground fault circuit interrupter or (GFIC) is a safety device that continually compares the amout of current flowing,any imbalance indicates leakage in the system. If the GFIC detects as little as.005 amp difference in the current it breaks the circuit in a 40th of a second. You need to wire in ground wires to the light & fan. You can get the GFIC for under $20.00 at a lumber company,home repair, or electric & heating store.
    Your incubator should get a thermostat to. Looks like your be hatching eggs soon, [​IMG]
     

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