New Homemade Hatcher Complete...Waiting for P.O. to Call with My Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by speckledhen, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I'm starting a new hatch this Friday. We finally finished the 48 qt cooler hatcher we were working on, after picking up the thermostat switch at the feedstore. Never could get that WH thermo to work satisfactorily; I think it's the luck of the draw when you get one of those things. Anyway, it's done now and holds temp and humidity very well. The temp variance next to the light and at the far end away from the light is about 1 degree, so if we keep the temp right next to the barrier/shield about 100-100.4, it should work out great for eggs in most every part of the bator.
    We will have to use the Hovabator as well as the Fridge-a-Bator to incubate and hatch in, plus I have a one-week stagger on the eggs in one of them, so needed a third unit for hatching. I love to hatch in the Fridge-a-Bator, but now will be incubating in it for the first time and will have to tilt the eggs three times a day because a regular turner won't fit. No big deal, but different than I'm used to.
    Total cost, about $22. The switch cost $16.95 and the cooler was a $5 flea market find. We already had all over components. Oh, new sponge $1. Here is the Cooler Hatcher:
  2. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Just don't pick up the wrong cooler when you go for a cook-out at the lake [​IMG]
  3. chicktasticvt

    chicktasticvt Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Bennington, VT
    that looks great, good luck
  4. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    ummm when are you coming to my house and build one ??

    looks great - good luck with it ( what are you hatching in this one? )

  5. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Looks great! My po doesn't call-they just dump them on my door-step wrong side up lol
  6. mothergoose

    mothergoose Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    Chebanse, Illinois
    Too cool! Good luck with all your eggs.
    Christie [​IMG]
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Thanks, all. This will only be hatching, not incubating. With all the unexpected extra goodies Christie and Julie sent, my cup runneth over with this hatch! Thank you ladies so, SO much! My flock will be fully rounded out when these sweet babies hatch.
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    How did I miss this?!?!?! I want the dish your sponge is on. Please and thank you. I have a thermostat and a cool in the barn I am considering making another hatcher out of.
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Priss, that came in a two-pack, one slightly smaller than the other, from Walmart! I love them. The smaller one has always been in the Fridge-a-Bator and the larger one fits in the cooler perfectly.
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    We don't get much cute stuff at the Walmart up here. I'll have to keep my eyes open.

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