Oh joy. Building an Incubator. Build with me

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KinderKorner, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Alright so I have been wanting to build a hatcher for some time now. Because I would like more space for eggs, and also my Hova-bator seems to keep killing them in the last 3 days.

    I'm not sure a homemade styrofoam hatcher would work any better. But i might as well give it a try.

    I've looked and looked at all the incubator posts. And it seems I am going to just put a mix of all of them and see what happens.

    So far I've gotten.

    Bottle Lamp Kit - around $6.50
    6v DC adapter for the fan - FREE! Yay
    25 Watt Light Bulbs - $2.00
    Hardware Cloth, I already had some extra - FREE
    Total- $8.50

    I've been looking for the biggest ice chest I could find. I was about to give up, when I ran into a friend at walmart and they said they had an extra chest which they got fish in from the pet store. It wasn't as big as I would like, but it's bigger than the others I could find. So, Hurray!

    It measures about 13 inches x 13.inches in the inside.

    When all is said and done it will be able to hold 18 eggs. And have a little open area for them to rest and wait for the others to come out.

    I still have yet to buy:

    Water Heater Thermostat
    PC Fan

    I bought a little fan from walmart, but it blows way too hard. So I am going to pick up a little 4" PC fan tomorrow from Radio Shack.

    I also looked at several different stores for a thermostat, but it seemed that none of them could go lower than 120f. So I will be trying to find a lower one tomorrow.

    I am still a little confuzed with the wiring. I looked at it a bit, but I can't do much until I get the two things I am missing. Hopefully I will get it right. I am a little afraid of shocking myself after all the warnings on here though. lol

    I will be adding some pictures later tonight or tomorrow. Of what I got so far.

    Tomorrow I will begin building.
  2. Chickenkid

    Chickenkid In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2009
    lafayette La
    for the thermostat. Go to home depot. i got mine from there. It is hte cheapest on. It is like 8 and change. I will go from 90F to 150F.
  3. Chotii

    Chotii Songster

    I just built a 'big' one yesterday, actually, after struggling along with a tiny one that couldn't hold a stable temperature, and losing one egg after another. I may still lose them, but by gum it won't be because of fluctuating temperature!

    I advertised on Craigslist for an Omaha Steak shipping box. A woman contacted me and said her friend had 'a whole back porch full of them' and how many did I want? She went to her friend's house, got 2, we met (bless her!) and I got the two. They're huge! 24" x 19" x 17" exterior measurements.

    I paid about :

    - $10 for the lamp kit, Home Depot
    - $3 for the water heater thermostat, thrift store
    - $10 for a roll of hardware cloth, since I'd used my last roll up
    - $13 for a thermometer/hygrometer with probe, Home Depot
    - $2 for 25W bulbs
    - $3.50 for a water-wiggler
    - $0 for a plexiglas 'window', already had
    - $0 for the styrofoam box

    ...so, I've more into it than you do. I might almost have just bought a Hovabator on Bonanzle.com instead! Anyway.... It took me about 3 hours because I had to re-do several steps repeatedly, and I printed out the wiring diagram on FrenchHen's Brooder Page to work from, with the 'wrong' picture X'd out with a red pen.

    I used a 9" cake pan for the water originally, but the humidity was up about 75%, so reduced surface area to a small child's novelty bowl

    In the end, I wound up cutting 4 'air intake' holes near the bottom, and one 'air outlet' hole in the top, to regulate humidity.

    I transferred the 2 live eggs I still have after losing so many in my other homemade incubator [​IMG] and it is so wonderful to see the temperature a steady 99, with 50% humidity!

    If all goes well, I'll have a duckling hatching around the June 29th and a White Crested Polish on July 2nd or so.
  4. ChickenTiff

    ChickenTiff In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2009
    I have been working on mine and no matter what I try I can not get my humidity ANYWHERE near high enough.....

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