newbie need help making first incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chick-anmoma, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. chick-anmoma

    chick-anmoma New Egg

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    I know that there are many post that cover this subject!!! but my head spinning



    I have all the parts needed to make an incubator except

    Egg turner - electric - and this is where it get tricky for me

    how to make the rotisserie work as a turner and the wiring instructions for fans, light and thermostat

    1. A Box
    2. A light that produces heat ex: 25 Watt bulb
    3. A fan to circulate heat have fan blowing over heat source (got 2 computer fans)
    4. A worm wiggle (planning on using a gel ice pack . . of course not frozen)
    5. A water source - any container will do ex..frozen dinner tray
    6. A thermostat - picked up on from Lowe's (hot water tank thermostat)
    7. A rack - anything to raise the trays away from bottom and water source
    8. tubing to add water as needed
    9. A few holes in opposite site for fresh air to circulate
    10. A tray to hold the eggs
    11. plexy glass
    12. A divider to keep light off eggs


    So for the only things I have had to but is the plexy glass, thermometer, hygrometer and thermostat.

    Any and All advice or direction is greatly appreciated
     
  2. bahamabanty

    bahamabanty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would get a good cooler instead of a cartboard box. I used a cheap styrofoam incubator
    but it was VERY hard to keep the temperature steady, I woke up plenty mornings where the temperature was way off from what I had left it that night. My second hatch I will use an old coleman cooler from a yard sale or something, something with better insulation. I would really want a nice brinsea but I dont have the money, once I order it and bring it in, with duty and customs it will cost twice as much for the cheapest brinsea.

    Also a cheap dimmer switch helps to control the temperature (your light bulb). I used a 25 w bulb and had to turn it wayyyy down to get to 99-100 degrees. I had the bator on for a few days, before I started, and fiddled with it, I marked my best settings on the dimmer.
    My next hatch I would probably pre-set it with some cheap supermarket (unfertile) eggs, because as soon as I put my fertile eggs in the bator, the temperature changed and it took a while to get it back.

    I also added clean rocks in a ziplock back on the bottom of the bator as a heat sink, it will retain heat in case of a power outage for a while. Some people use closed jars of water. I didnt because I didnt have the space.

    You can attach your computer fan to an old cell phone charger, super easy. Plug in the charger and your fan is spinning.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2013
  3. chick-anmoma

    chick-anmoma New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice

    I also need to know how to hook up the rotisserie to "turn" the eggs
     
  4. bahamabanty

    bahamabanty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know how to do that, I turned them by hand :)
     

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