My home made bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by davekrista, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. This is my attempt at a styrofoam cooler incubator. Please give any advice and/or thoughts. I'm still "perfecting" it and testing it so please let me know..... The chicken wire that is in there now, I am going to take out and put something better in there. The chicken wire is sharp and I had taped up some of the sharp edges but still it is sharp in spots that i missed so I am going to replace it. I can't seem to get my humidity below 63% so tomorrow I am going to try with less water and see how that works for me. Please tell me what i can do to get the temp more consistent and the humidity down a little.

    Inside pic #1; I have 25 watt bulb connected to a water heater thermostat 90-120 (i think) I have it set on 100 but the thermometer is mostly at 97. When it kicks the light back on though I have seen it as low as 93 so I need to play with the adjustment on the thermostat. Anyone know a good setting for that? Is that more accurate than the thermometer?
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    Inside pic#2 - just the other side of the cooler where the 2nd thermometer is...
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    Outside of the cooler - You can't see in the pic but there are 2 vent holes, the 2nd is on the other side. I think I may need to add a couple more holes.
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  3. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I am going to that page now to check it out.
     
  4. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a waffer thermostat will keep temp. better thats what i us in my homemade rig & does great, as the humidity goes, i dont even have water in mine for the 1st 18 days & humidity runs at 45-55% then on day 18 i add water & bring it up to 70%, dont just add water to start with, read your hydrometer & adjust it as you need to, i have found that when i add eggs the humidity goes up a little, you just have to play around with it & learn your bator & everything will fall into place. im useing only a 15 watt blub.
     
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  5. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. I played with the spacing and the light kicks off at 100 and back on at 99...YAY [​IMG] and my humidity is 53%-54% so its almost there.[​IMG]
     
  6. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Good deal.
     

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