Potato Box Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MissPrissy, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you can't find an old bread box why not use an old potato box?

    I found this one at a thrift shop for $8.

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    We cut out a place in the lid and routed a channel so that a pane of glass can be inserted for observation. The glass is out now because the glare from my kitchen lights made it impossible to see inside.

    The light is wired in the bottom part of the box where the little drawer is.

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    The thermostat is wired in the compartment where the eggs will rest.

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    A water wiggler, thermometer/hydrometer and the set up is complete and ready to regulate the heat.

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    For those who are still unsure about the wiring I made a photo of how the wiring is completed.

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    I cannot explain any better than I have in the other two incubator posts so maybe looking at this photo will help take away the rest of the mystery.

    For those who have questioned the water wiggler. This is a digital thermometer/hydrometer with a probe and a water wiggler.

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    The probe on the thermometer is threaded into the water wiggler and placed along side the eggs. The temperature on the inside mimics the temperature of the inside of the eggs. The ideal hatching temperature inside the egg is 99.5 degrees F.

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    Use this setting of 99.5F to regulate your thermostat to turn on and off the light bulb to maintain the correct heat.

    Good luck to all of you who are inspired to build your own incubator.

    My other incubators:
    Chic Chick Bator - Bread Box Incubator


    I want to update this to add for those who said they couldn't find the thermostat -

    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=26359-000000135-6900824&lpage=none

    American Water Heater[​IMG]
    Thermostat Lower for Double Element Heaters
    Item #: 26359 Model: 6900824

    It is available at Lowes. Look in the area where the hot water heaters are sold. They should be on a shelf nearby.
     
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  2. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Miss Prissy, are you sure that you weren't born in the Little House on the Prairie days? I find your post so informative and my husband is going to be amazed by your bators, I'm actually thinking about not showing him because you are making me look bad. You know I am just kidding. [​IMG]

    You better stop coming up with bator ideas, or you are going to give me the incubating itch, I have never had it, but I hear that it is highly contagious and very addictive. [​IMG]
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You could hatch now and have laying pullets by easter. Isn't that tempting? LOL
     
  4. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    [​IMG] OMGosh, you are an enabler. [​IMG] Easter would be perfect. How long do the sweet darlins' have to have a heat light and be inside? [​IMG]
     
  5. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I totally agree.you are an enabler for sure [​IMG]
     
  6. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    That is another great idea!!! You are so smart. And not that I could improve on perfection but I guess if you wanted more floor room you could turn it on the side and have the door on the end? Wow, you are just so creative. Keep it coming. I really do need to make a better one than the little giant foam one I have. It sucks!!!

    Marie
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thank you! I have an idea for 1 more. lol
     
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Oh fooie!...I passed one of those up at the thrift shop for my breadbox one!...And I was thinking, hmmm ...I bet one of those would work too!... [​IMG]..Guess I can always go back!!... [​IMG]
     
  9. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Miss Prissy is there nothing you cant do? I think I need you to come down to my house for a day and look though my things!!!!!!!!! I live on 35 acres as you know... you should be able to come up with something!!!!!!! LOL.

    By the way, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! for posting that info on the wiggler for others!!! I was lucky, Cyn sent me info on what I needed.
     
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  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am updating to document the operation of this incubator.

    With the heat rising from the bottom I have moved the false bottom higher. I did so because at one point the wiggler temp was 107 and the air temp was 101. I would have cooked my eggs.

    The water wiggler temps are holding now but are still remaining higher than the air temp. The water wiggler probe readings are at 99.7 - 100.9. While the air temps are consistantly 96 - 100.

    I have used more than one thermometer to check the readings. They are within one degree of one another.

    I have a sealed jar of water in there as a heat sink.

    The humidity is at 41% and has been maintianing itself fairly well.

    A question to the more experienced hatchers - should I continue to aim for the right temp in the water wiggler and not worry about the air temp?
     

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