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My Homemade Cooler Incubator!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by eastereggerlady, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. eastereggerlady

    eastereggerlady Out Of The Brooder

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    7 out of nine hatched the first time I used it! So I made this cooler-bator in a pinch and have upgraded it since. It was easy to make and not too pricey as I had most of the items needed from an old cooler-bator. Maybe someone will find my design helpful! :)
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    When I first used this incubator I just lifted the top to vent. Now I have two vent holes (one on each side) that can be covered. Also in the second picture you can see a green straw that goes to a tray on the bottom of the incubator to add water for humidity!
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    The first time this bator was a still air I now have my fan from my old cooler-bator incubator working perfectly in this one.
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    I use a dimmer switch attached to a 15 watt bulb for a heating source.
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    I don't have a fancy automatic turning machine so I use an egg carton cut in half on 3/4in pipe and rock the eggs 3 times a day.
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    I will be doing a hatch in August of a dozen easter/olive eggers. Hatch day will be August 21st! I will keep this thread updated!
     
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  2. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    That looks very interesting! It's great how you used things you had! Please do keep us updated on the next hatch!
     
  3. eastereggerlady

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    @CrzyChknLady81 here's some photos of my incubator!
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Well done!! [​IMG]
     
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  5. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most excellent! How stable is it? You seem to have gotten a great hatch...
    I've been considering making one myself. I have a bator now that just isn't tall enough. Any tips???
     
  6. eastereggerlady

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    It's stays at 99 degrees really well. Sometimes the temp will drop but only at night when the room it's in gets to be about 65 degrees. I fixed that problem by marking the dimmer switch with two lines to have it set for day and night. I do recommend making the egg carton turner! It saves me a bunch of time and it was super easy to make.
     
  7. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That turner is getting made today!!
     
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  8. Mamashash

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    Love having the dimmer switch - and I can definitely appreciate the turner!
     
  9. eastereggerlady

    eastereggerlady Out Of The Brooder

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    Last time I hatched in it I didn't have a dimmer and I prefer having it. All my bator needs now is a thermostat!
     
  10. Mamashash

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    Do you open to rotate or do you have it rigged so you don't have to? If you open, doesn't it have an affect on the temp and humidity?
     

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