NYD Hatch-along Contest #8: Best Incubator Design - Voting Open Now!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lothiriel, Dec 10, 2012.

Who had the best incubator design?

Poll closed Jan 4, 2013.
  1. Sally Sunshine

    1 vote(s)
  2. MarineCorpFarmr

    4 vote(s)
  3. sarahannecloud9

    4 vote(s)
  4. tazcat70

    4 vote(s)
  5. Brookhavens

    5 vote(s)
  1. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    Voting will end at midnight, January 4

    Best Incubator Design Contest

    The contest is for the best incubator for hatcher design/picture. It must be your own incubator or design and photo. Up to 3 entries per person. Post your design/picture here.

    1. Post your pictures on this thread
    2. Post it by 11:59 PM EST, December 31, 2012

    • Who:
    • End: Midnight EST, December 31

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    Last edited: Jan 1, 2013
  2. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
  3. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    AL/TN Stateline
    My Coop
    Pic of my ultrabator... prior to the last upgrades

  4. sarahannecloud9

    sarahannecloud9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2012
    Pleasant Hill, Tn
    My Coop
    Incubator pics. I used the chick chic bator for a model. I don't know if you would call it my design because I got my basic layout from her.
    Found some great info on thermostats on youtube. I use a small sized paint tray, disposable kind, for the bottom water level to be adjusted. It has a cpl compartments and the one is slanted for better evaporation.

  5. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    This the 4th incubator I have made. It is made from a wine chiller. There are 2 light bulbs in different locations to help prevent hotspots. There is also a small personal fan that faces towards the back of the incubator to circulate the air/heat. I rotate the eggs in their cartons. I love the huge glass door, and you can't see it, but there is a small light that I can turn on so I will be able to watch the entire hatching process!


    I can take more pictures if anyone is interested.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012
  6. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    who drank all the wine????
  7. Brookhavens

    Brookhavens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2012
    Back in May of this year I decided that I wanted to have chickens again and thought it would be neat to hatch them myself. I started doing some research and after watching tons of videos on Youtube and looking at the incubators that other BYCers had built I gave it a shot. Mind you, I am a 49 year old woman with no "building" experience. I was so pleased with this incubator (holds temp. and humidity perfectly) that I decided to build another to use as a hatcher. My first cooler bator used a water heater thermostat and my second used a Bi-metal style thermostat. After a few hatches I came across an ad on Craiglist for a used Sportsman and decided to get it and use my coolerbators exclusively for hatching.

    My first Coolerbator (when I used it for incubating) I have since removed the turner and replaced it with a piece of hardware cloth that looks like what is in my 2nd bator:


    My second coolerbator:

    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012
  8. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
  9. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Actually, I was driving down the street and it was sitting on a front porch. I left a note asking about it. I think I paid $20.00 for it, then I used all the other stuff I had when I tore the other bators apart. :) No wine involved, at least not on my end. But come hatching time, I may pull up a chair with a glass and ring in the New Year.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012
  10. Talbott Poultry

    Talbott Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2012
    Talbott TN
    Love the decorations (butterflies)

    I was thinking about using one of the small freezers that look like an apartment size fridge. Never thought about a wine cooler. Love the large see through door.

    I like what you are doing using the Sportsman for a bator and the coolers as hatchers.

    Sounds like a great plan to me.[​IMG]

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