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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dogginfox, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Dogginfox

    Dogginfox Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am gathering all the supplies I need to build a cabinet style incubator but I am having a hard time deciding how to build the egg turner. I have seen several examples in the incubator pages section however none have any details or close up pictures I can use for reference. If anyone has a Diy turner they are happy with please share it here so others as we as myself may make one of our own.
    Thanks
     
  2. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may want to ask BairleaFarm for advice he has made one for his cabinet incubator.
     
  3. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    Ok mine has not been tested long term yet but so far so good. I have pics and instructions on my page. If you have more questions just pm me and I will try to help. I can also take more pics if you need me too. I had the same problem and could not get anyone that had egg turners to reply to me to help. I am not them.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=92428-homemade-incubatoregg-turner

    I needed a thread like this when I start my incubator! Good luck!
     
  4. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nice incubator. I like that you are going to use the water heater thermostat. I use them too.
     
  5. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    Quote:Nice incubator. I like that you are going to use the water heater thermostat. I use them too.

    Thank you... Eggs are coming next week [​IMG] Last I looked the temps were cycling between 99-99.8. My water wiggler is the real teller on temps. I will have to check that tomorrow. Is there something else to use for temps????? on the cheap????
     
  6. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nice incubator. I like that you are going to use the water heater thermostat. I use them too.

    Thank you... Eggs are coming next week [​IMG] Last I looked the temps were cycling between 99-99.8. My water wiggler is the real teller on temps. I will have to check that tomorrow. Is there something else to use for temps????? on the cheap????

    Many people use dimmers. They are 5.00 and I have seen Quite a few people with GOOD hatch rates. I wouldn't do it Because there is the risk of the incubator overheating after you leave, just when you thought you got the temperature right. I didn't use a dimmer, but I left a forty watt bulb in a mini fridge OUTSIDE in the middle of winter, and it was below 32 degrees, and that thing was 120 degrees WOW!!! So I like the thermostats. Not the light dimmers.
     
  7. libertygirlz

    libertygirlz Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Nice incubator. I like that you are going to use the water heater thermostat. I use them too.

    Thank you... Eggs are coming next week [​IMG] Last I looked the temps were cycling between 99-99.8. My water wiggler is the real teller on temps. I will have to check that tomorrow. Is there something else to use for temps????? on the cheap????

    Hi! I'm new to incubating and have never heard of a 'water wiggler', what is it and what is it's purpose/function?
     
  8. Edwards' East of Eden

    Edwards' East of Eden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A water wiggler is a child's toy - you've probably seen them. It's a plastic tube/sleeve with water in it, and when you hold it the sleeve rotates and it slips out of your hand?

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    There's an example. They're pretty cheap, if you can find them. And, wowzers, that's a huge picture!

    Based off information and lots of people here doing it, I just put some water in a small ziplock bag and taped it into a tube shape, rather than going all over town looking for some.

    The point here is that then you can use those thermometers with the probe on a wire to get what the temperature is inside a simulated egg, as opposed to what the air temperature is in your incubator. You run the probe in through a ventilation hole in your incubator, and slip the probe into the tunnel in the wiggler, and there you have a probe surrounded by water that should reach the same temperature as an egg in the same environment.

    My thermometer - from the cooking supplies aisle at WalMart - has an alarm that goes off rather insistantly (and at 3am, I might add) if the temperature gets too high.

    Back to topic: My homemade egg turner is manual, but still a time saver. I cut the top off a 12ct styrofoam egg carton and cut holes in the bottoms of the cups. Then I cut a piece of 3/4" PVC to the length of the carton, and hotglued (I used the two-temperature glue and the lower temperature - don't blame me if the higher temperature melts through your carton) the PVC to the underside of the carton, longways. See below.

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    To turn the eggs, I just lean up the edge of the lid of the LG Still Air (which I added a PC fan to) and rock the whole 12ct of eggs the other direction. Lean, lean, lean ... three cartons fit side by side in my 'bator, and I'm done. I have my makeshift water-wiggler tied down to the carton in the center, and so can fit in about 28-30 eggs at a time.
     
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  9. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    egg turners r us, david speaking, may i help you? [​IMG] I built frames out of 1x2. used a piece of PVC pipe for the pivot and a piece to connect them all. The top support goes through the side of the bator. I can turn it with my hand. Had planned on automating it before my next hatch but got a good deal on some eggs. Maybe next time.

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  10. Dogginfox

    Dogginfox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Bairleafarm- thanks for the pictures! Do you have any problems with the wood in regards to the humidity in the incubator? What are the inside dimensions of your racks? Are you using the trays from the sportsman?
     

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