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Ok, Miss P and all the rest of you enablers, I have an incubator.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LoneCowboy, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Ok, I did it. I finally sat down and built an incubator. It's the Lone Cowboy version of Miss Prissy's incubator. I think it's much smaller. I bought the largest styrofoam ice chest, walmart had and still I'll be luck if it holds a dozen eggs.

    Here's some pictures.



    I haven't put the vents in yet or a way to fill the water, I'm still thinking on those.

    I used the glass out of a picture frame, and I'm thinking it's too thin. I might put another one the inside, and make it double paned. Of course it might fog up. I guess that's what testing is all about. Now to find some eggs. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2007
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You did a great job!! If you get too many eggs you can build another one! [​IMG] LOL
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Oh yeah, and I do have a therometer for the water weasle, but it's out with the chick's in the brooder. I'll bring it in and clean it up and put the probe on and we should be in business. If I put too much more stuff in there though, I won't be able to put any eggs in. [​IMG]
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You can tape it to the window. Or get one of those .97 cent clear hanging sponge holders with the suction cups that look like a pocket and slip it in and leave your floor space for eggs.
  5. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Put another therometer in and working on calabrating it. But the therometers are about 2 deg off from each other (same brand different kind) [​IMG] Going to have to get a 3rd opinion.

    Can't seem to get the humidity up with just one bowl of water. Colorado is VERY dry. Even I have to run humidifiers in the rooms I spend any time in during the winter or I dry up. This could take awhile.

    Oh yeah, DH is already complaining about the noise from the fan. He has no idea how long this is going to take. And I don't even have any eggs on the way [​IMG]
  6. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

    Oct 24, 2007
    You will probably NEVER find a thermometer that reads the same as another. [​IMG]

    Try using sponges. Warm water will bring your huimidity up, but not sure if it will stay up.

    It may take awhile for your humidity to go up, check it in an hour?

    Best of luck!

    BTW it looks nice!!

    I just saw a LG here on craigslist for $25!
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 11 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Hi, nice job! I couldn't get my humidity up in the beginning till I went to a flatter wider (more surface), and that did it.
    I had three thermometers, 2 matched, so went with them. Karen
  8. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    You might try a medical grade thermometer to find out which of yours is accurate. You can use the ones you take your own temp with.

    Your bator looks great!! Good luck hatching with it.

  9. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I have the same white thermometer that you have and it's off by several degrees. I bought a flukers one from petsmart and it's right on the temp and humidity. I even made my incubator with the same cooler you have. I use a sponge to keep my humidity up. Good Luck!
  10. luvzmybabz

    luvzmybabz Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    If anyone is interested I got a great deal today on a styrofoam cooler at dollar general it was marked 5.00 but when I went to check out it was .10 because of the summer clearance. It is the Big one that is twice the size of the normal ones.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2007

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