Re-fridge-a-bator in the works (pics)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BellLisamo, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    My husband is the one building this for me, so i cant take the credit. So far, heres what he has done...

    Hes put 2 computer fans in the top, that blows the heating element air down the back of the fridge. The air will go down to the bottom and recirculate up to the top again. The heating element he used is out of an older incubator that was all torn up. He has put the red indicator light on the top of the fridge as well (parden the dust on the top, we havent made it pretty yet lol). He also marked where my 4,yes 4!! egg turners will be. It will hold up to 200 eggs. The turners will be made out of pvc pipe, and controlled by an outside handle. (P.S. THE WIRES WILL BE TUCKED AWAY!! )

    The thermostat will be hooked up today


    In the bottom he has bent, and made a hatching basket, and added a light bulb for warmth. We will cover it with a screen so they dont get hurt on it.

    Under the hatcher will be a pan of water with sponges in it...


    so thats the beginning!! and heres the pics....

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  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    If that is a heating element from a LG style incubator, it wont be sufficient heat! Ask me how I know... LOL I had to add a 60w light bulb to the hatcher I just built... which is not sitting cold.

    The window ended up coming unglued due to the humidity so I've got to fix that now.

    Looking good though!
     
  3. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is great. I went and picked up an old fridge yesterday to try and build one!! I'm figuring out all the wiring and such that will go in it. Are ya'll just using one thermostat?

    BTW- is this a small fridge like out of a camper? Why do the sponges go at the bottom instead of close to the heat?
     
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  4. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Oh that is so great! Lisa, I have no doubt that you will keep it filled to the rim when it's finished. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    That sweet hubby! [​IMG]
     
  5. elliemay0305

    elliemay0305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    keep me posted!! i would love to build me a big bator! thats agreat idea if you get it to work. can you make the freezer part the brooder? that would be awsome. [​IMG] if you need some parts for it look under coop design i posted a web site under there that sells things for you to make your own bator. i have never made one so i dont know how good the prices are but check it out if you need something.
     
  6. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Quote:i dont know what kind it is. but it was out of a very old circle model?


    we are testing it first. no big deal. we can always add a light...
     
  7. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    lil'chickies :

    This is great. I went and picked up an old fridge yesterday to try and build one!! I'm figuring out all the wiring and such that will go in it. Are ya'll just using one thermostat?

    BTW- is this a small fridge like out of a camper? Why do the sponges go at the bottom instead of close to the heat?

    he picked up one thermostat, so im guessing yes.

    the fridge is about 3+ ft tall, as tall as my 3 1/2 year old [​IMG]

    ill ask him about the water pan with the sponges.​
     
  8. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Quote:freezer part? im lost. this is a medium sized fridge. so it has only 1 side if thats what you mean???
     
  9. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning to use two thermostats, the main one set for 99.5 and the secondary set for 101. Just in case the first one doesn't shut it off, the second one will without burning up my eggs. Looks really great!! Wish you all the luck with it and such a good hubby to help you!!
     
  10. elliemay0305

    elliemay0305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:freezer part? im lost. this is a medium sized fridge. so it has only 1 side if thats what you mean???

    yea i was talking about if you could use a fridge that has the top part freezer. if you would be able to turn both areas in to useable space. like the fridge the bator and the freezer the brooder.
     

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