My new hatcher, a step by step

foxvalleyfarm

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Feb 23, 2014
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So after I created a horrible situation for myself many weeks ago by setting eggs of different types and at different times I realized that I would need a hatcher because I wasn't going to risk the still developing eggs while the hatching ones hatched. So at first I used a cardboard box and a 40 watt light. The box had dirt and gay in the bottom so it held humidity well and held temps but the temps were just a bit to high. We tried changing to a 25 watt but then it was too low. So my dh and I sat down and decided to make a new one.

First we went to Walmart and walked around for a while before settling on a 40 quart clear tote and sand.

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We got it all home and dh marked out the lid for what he was going to remove so we could see from the top.

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He then made a hole in the middle, took the light cord apart, threaded it in, and the rewired it.

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Then began the hardest part which was just simply removing the rest of the lid for the windows.

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Then came air holes on the sides. They are 7/16. There are 3 on the long sides and 2 on the short sides.

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I then added the sand.

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Then the thermometers, lid, and plexiglass over the top until we find something else to cover the holes with.

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We left it over night to heat up but the temps only made it to 90*. Do dh out tape over some of the holes and we put a heating pad under the box. Then I waited but the temps only made it to 94* so I went and got a heated blanket and covered the box. That made the temps climb to 99* within minutes. So I turned it off but left it draped over the back and I added the eggs.

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The temps are currently holding around 98*-101* with the humidity hanging out around 74%-84%. I am going to add some rice to try to get that number down. Please note I didn't add any water rather the sand had been outside so it was damp when I got it.
 
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foxvalleyfarm

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Well I added the rice but it's not really helping and the humidity is still to high for the chicken eggs that are in there now... I tried to dry the top of the sand of but it didn't really help. Any ideas?
 

foxvalleyfarm

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5 Years
Feb 23, 2014
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Well after spreading the rice around and leaving it for a while I saw the temps has gone up so I opened the plexiglass some and wallah the humidity is down to around 60% and the temps are between 98* and 100*.
 

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