Noob questions on homemade bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Brianm97, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I made an incubator out of a stryofoam cooler, an Omaha steak one to be exact, I have 3 different thermometers in there giving me 3 different temperatures, 2 of them brand new. They say the incubator gets to about 105 and shuts off then turns back on at 93. How do I get the thermostat more accurate. Im using a 40w bulb and a small cpu fan, Is that sufficient? I am currently trying a 20 watt bulb To see how it works out, My humidity also gets 70-75%ish. Do I need to lower it? how? There are no eggs currently in there I am just trying to figure out how it all works. I only have one vent hole closer to the thermostat. Do I need more? Should I cover that one? its just bigg enough for my pinky finger to get in. Thanks for your time, Brian
     
  2. AngelaPenny

    AngelaPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just made a still air incubator out of a styrofoam cooler, and it took some messing with to get the tempurature right.

    I think you'll want to lower your humidity. Some people don't even worry about humidity at all until day 18, search "dry incubation" for information on that method.

    I kept my temp at 99-102, and regulated it with holes in the bator that I could open or plug, you'll have to play with it for a while to get it perfect.

    Good luck!
     
  3. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you put too many holes, just cover them up with masking tape. It works well.
     
  4. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have one hole. Is there any way to get the thermostat More accurate? I I don't know how else to play with it
     
  5. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    Check out this page from one of the members here:

    http://cmfarm.us/WHTincubator.html

    He shows how the position of the thermostat affects when it kicks the bulb on and off. I followed his direction with my cooler-bator, and my $7 thermostat, and it stays as 99-100 all the time now.

    I had too many vents at first, and couldn't get my humidity up, so I covered a bunch. Maybe cut some vent holes to see if the humidity goes down for your?
     
  6. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Ill look at the link now! Why would all three of my thermometers be different?
     
  7. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also do I need a larger fan than the cpu one?
     
  8. Barred Rocker

    Barred Rocker cracked egg

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    You actually don't need a fan at all unless your incubator is set up for a forced air configuration. It may help but I've found you're just as well off without it. I've built still air incubators in the past and you're going to have different temps in certain areas depending on where your heat source is. Try to find the goldilocks zone and keep your eggs there. You do need to get that humidity down some, you don't want more than 50% for the first 17 days. I usually aim for 40% then up to 70% on lockdown. Good luck!
     
  9. tomdeggeater

    tomdeggeater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brian, Did you get any eggs yet. You might check this site-> http://freecycle.org You may want to join.
    I rescued a perfectly good dishwasher once.
    I was raised in Coventry, Nathan Hale's birth place. I'm not there any more, though.
    I lived on Homestead Dr. about 1/2 m. from Lake Wangumbaugh. (Native American for too many jet-skis).[​IMG]
     
  10. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, We are on the other side of town. What is on freecycle? my stepdad is a member.
     

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