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My homemade incubator setup

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PortugalBreeder, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the incubator I made last summer for my coturnix and bob's eggs.
    The incubator is completely computer controlled, the PCB has a microprocessor running software written by me, and I have control over any parameter.

    Features:
    -Two point temperature measuring;
    -LCD + 2 monostable switch + 1 bi-stable switch interface
    -Alarm
    -PID temperature control, accurate to 1/10 degree
    -Automatic egg turning
    -Easy to switch egg trays (quail, chicken, turkey, goose, emu eggs)
    -104 quail eggs capacity + equal hatcher tray space (up to 6 eggs capacity for emu eggs)

    (because the control board is microprocessor controlled it can be used to do almost anything, now that I don't need the incubator I have wrote a software to use it has a Supplemental Light controller to have my quail laying year round, but I haven't physically implemented it yet)

    After it was finished I put it to run for 4 months straight, hatching percentage was more than 90% for fifth day fertile eggs, so I'm pleased with it.[​IMG]

    Hope it gives you ideas for your own incubator.[​IMG]

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    You can see a video of the egg turner motor running continuously in this link
     
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  2. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I have the skill and built one like your.
     
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  3. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] thanks for the compliment.
     
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  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My Coop
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  5. NorthestGeorgia14

    NorthestGeorgia14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My papa made a 2by5 incubator .And it look awesome . Look great [​IMG]
     
  6. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice incubator, I have never messed with the digital thermostats, I have a wafer thermostat Fridge incubator, and a water heater thermostat cooler incubator, they are both heated by light bulbs. They are both on my page, you should check them out.
     
  7. Phantom_Rooster

    Phantom_Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really get inspired with the builds. I'll have to try my hand at it someday soon. I have one, but building looks like fun. Nice job.
     
  8. patten

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  9. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This board is designed, printed and soldered by me, it's not exactly a one purpose digital thermostat but it can be turned into a thermostat with the right software like in this example. [​IMG]
     
  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    I've got the how's and whys basics on my BYC page for using hot water heater thermostats. I like yours but I question having the fans blowing right on the eggs like you have. It's hard to argue with success, though, since you have high hatch rates with it! Nice.
     
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