optional heat source, anyone tried this ?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kaneke, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Kaneke

    Kaneke Songster

    brainstorm this morning, see what everyone thinks ...

    most everyone building an incubator uses one (or two) standard light sockets, hooked to a thermostat ... utilizing low wattage bulbs or incorporating a dimmer switch into the circuit

    many add a fan to circulate the air, to keep the temperature more even

    has anyone tried, instead of a single/double light bulb, a string of indoor-outdoor Christmas lights ?

    run around the inside perimeter of the incubator ?

    (of course the kind when one light burns out, the others stay lit)

    I'm just wondering if that wouldn't provide a more-even heat, without the drawback of hot-spots and cool-spots


  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I've seen people report using them to provide bottom warmth for starting seeds, if that is any encouragement. (The regular strings, not LED, of course). I guess the key would be getting a string with approx the right (most useful) wattage. I don't think I'd personally trust xmas light strings with eggs, though, considering how prone they seem to be to croak while in use as decorations [​IMG]

    Be interesting to try, though. If it worked, your chicks would sure have a festive-looking first glimpse of the world! <vbg>


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