new to me home built cabinet

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PapaChaz, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    Hey everyone!

    I found a home built cabinet incubator and bought it yesterday. The guy built it out of an old non working wine cooler. I'd been looking for one to build one out of, and voila, here's a guy who's already done most of the hard work!
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    He used the heating element and squirrel cage type fan out of a space heater. He removed all the refrigeration parts, he cut the hole in the bottom at the back and mounted it there, blowing heated fresh air in.

    For controls, he bought and installed an Inkbird Tech ITC-1000 controller. It's set for 100*, with a 1* variance. For humidity, he had a reptile tank misting thing (didn't come with it, which is ok with me, get to that later) there are a few holes along the top of the left side all the way through for ventilation, the hole he had his water tube through is another half inch hole, and the wire for the controller comes through the other side.

    He had 1/4" hard ware cloth on the two shelves, which I have taken off to use to build trays with, I have one done, divided so I can keep eggs separate by breed or if I'm hatching for someone else.

    we cleaned it up good, I built one of my trays and got it up and running
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    so here's what I have so far, and a few questions for some of you familiar with this type. I ran it over night. Temp climbed up to 100 pretty quickly. the 1* variance means it goes to 101, cools off back to 99, then climbs back, etc etc.

    I've put thermometers top, bottom and middle. The wife for the controller, in the above pic was tied off to that top shelf, but I've untied it and letting it hang to that first hatching tray. It's shows a pretty consistant 99-101 as dsecribed above. Top shelf thermometer stayed 100 all night, the one in the bottom never got higher than 92*, the lower shelf never higher than 95*. I'm wondering if the one fan is enough, or if I should mount another fan (probably a large computer case fan) on the top to help move the air around inside a little better.

    also, for humidity.....the turner I have fits perfectly on that top shelf, which was my intended place for it. I had a small bowl of water sitting on the shelf right about the heater/fan, but this morning, humidity was 21%. I've since put a larger pan, with a sponge in it as well. Should I put the water on the top shelf, or in the bottom? or does it matter as long as I can get the humidity to the levels I need? I was intending on putting it in the bottom, so I could run a tube through the existing hole and down to the tray so I can add water without opening!

    I have 19 eggs in lockdown in a styrofoam bator right now due to hatch tomorrow, I'd love to get them into this one if possible today!

    any suggestions, advice and or ideas are welcome! thanks!
     
  2. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like the air at the bottom of the incubator is not moving. You may need a fan at the bottom and one on the top so the air can move all around. I would face the top fan facing towards the top wall so the air is pushed away and not into the eggs and leave the one already installed where it is. Hopefully someone else has a better idea.
     
  3. PapaChaz

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    kind of what I was thinking too, maybe I'll mount it on the top of the side wall above where the other one is, blowing toward the other side. thanks for the input, I think you and I are thinking about the same thing [​IMG]

    I've found a sterilite container almost the perfect size to fit in the bottom that gives me a good surface area for humidity. Since putting it in, I'm seeing it rise!

    I have 2 dozen eggs in a foam bator supposed to hatch tomorrow, I was going to move them into this one after I see the humidity stabilze. Well, scratch that idea, 3 of them impatient lil buggars are pipped!
     
  4. pelon la troka

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    Hi can you put pictures of the heater
     
  5. pelon la troka

    pelon la troka Out Of The Brooder

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    I try to make one out of a smoker....it work good ...I hatch 75 eggs.. then I try again and it burn ...I am lucky didn't burn my shed.....my problem was I used a plastic home heater 1500 watts so when cold fronts hits the bator won't dip so it can stay steady at nights too.....it burn plastic melt....now I am going to buy a metal home heater ..... Lost 100 eggs
     
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    pelon la troka Out Of The Brooder

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  8. pelon la troka

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  10. pelon la troka

    pelon la troka Out Of The Brooder

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    You need good powerful fans...I have 2 ....the one on heater and one on the bottom ... I made a false back so the air rotation is from top to bottom hope this help
     
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