new incubator/ egg roller/humidity?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hart31, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. hart31

    hart31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built an incubator from the cabinet of an old black & white tv and put in a rack to roll the eggs by pushing and pulling a knob without opening the incubator.

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    Has anyone used an incubator with a roller instead of a tipper style turner?

    Our humidity is very low here in the winter. I'm holding at about 24% with the vents closed and a 9 x 13 cake pan with water under the eggs. Any suggestions? I am thinking about hanging some strips of cheese cloth or something else into the water as wicks. I have a tube to add water to the pan without opening the door. I could add another tube to put water onto a sponge or piece of foam.

    For more pictures and larger ones go to my website at:
    http://www.sparkytractor.com/incubator/incubator.htm
    Click on any of the photos for a larger version
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Many incubators use this style turner. Like Brinsea, R-com and The turn-x. looks good, how is your temp holding?
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Wet sponges, sock and washcloths close to where you can add water will help get the humidity up...plus in winter I keep a small humidifer going in the room.....
     
  4. hart31

    hart31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having a little trouble with temperatures but I have the incubator in a shop that is only heated when I have time to work there. This morning the temp in the shop was 0 F . I'm going to move the bator to the house in a few days. Right now it is taking such a big bulb to maintain temp that I've got too much difference from one side to the other. If that doesn't improve when I bring it in the house I'll try a couple of different air baffles or add a second light bulb at the end where the thermostat is. The fry pan thermostat seems to hold the temp well but is difficult to make minor changes to get it set right. I've got it holding the water wiggler temp at 99.8 in the center of the egg rack but this morning it was only 89 in the wiggler farthest from the heat.

    If I needed to use it in the shop I'd add another couple of inches of styrofoam insulation all the way around.
     

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