Our homemade incubator - 400 egg capacity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kysilkies, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When it came time to add a fifth 'styro' type incubator I decided to build one big one...

    It measures 31.5"x32"x19", it has 4x100w & 1x75w bulbs, 2 fans and it's run with a hot water heater thermostat...We're currently running 4 racks(164 eggs) with a max capacity of 10 racks...


    I used 1/2" plywood(would use better next time) and had Lowes cut 2 pieces of plexiglass for me 12"x24" and 5x31" pieces of white wire shelving...Lowes will cut both for free, I tipped the kid though...So good so far...We currently have it set up to hatch and sell one rack a weekend...We also grow our own food(fodder) for our chickens, that has cut our food bill by 80%, but that's for another thread.

    What we raise is in signature...
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great.. so you used 10 turners?
     
  3. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Currently 4, but yes, each with its own.

    And it's working great, once we tweaked the lights and fan to perfection, it's been on cruise control and pumping them out!!!
     
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  4. redguinea

    redguinea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is made from? A fridge or cupboard, its hard to tell from the pics. Looks good though, incubators can be so expensive so if you have made it correctly them you'll be saving a fortune.
     
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks to be an bagged ice merchandiser from a convenience store. You can find non working glass door fridges and merchandisers at restaurant auctions under $20.
    What's your costs on the conversion?
     
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  6. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just 1/2" plywood bought at lowes, some screws, light sockets and a thermostat, total bill, $124.
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