Semi-automatic egg turner

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by redneck, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. redneck

    redneck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I still have been thinking about a automatic egg turner. I built part of it today. You have turn the eggs manually. It could be more compact, my next one will. I just wanted to see if my idea would work. I think I can get at least 40 eggs in the next one by adding one more slat and moving everything closer. This one was done by hand the next one will be done on the Bridgeport mill.
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    Just need to figure the motor part out.
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2007
  2. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    redneck you continue to be an inspiration! That its awesome! How do you turn it...from the outside? or do you reach in and just rotate the shelves quickly..man that would cut down bigtime on time with the lid open.
     
  3. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    hey how about little handles pointing out through the side of the incubator? they you could turn those which would turn the shelves? It wouldnt seem to be too challenging from that point to hook them up to a very small electric motor to continually turn them or even to turn them hooked up to a rudimentary timer.

    this is all good!
     
  4. chickensrme

    chickensrme Out Of The Brooder

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    the motors on normal turners are just a small sewing machine motor i sure you could find one at a thrift store for cheap.
     
  5. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    a sewing machine motor turns to fast and will turn the eggs to many time unless you gear it way down. there are small motors use in rebuilding kits for fishing poles that turn once per day, you might give one of those a shot. redneck, my automatic egg turner is called terry (wife).
     
  6. redneck

    redneck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the compliments, right now you turn by hand. Just reach in and push down one one side and they will turn. I have come up with a way to turn with some string. I have a extra worm box and I am planning on building another bator. I want to incorporate all the ideas from you all. I like the idea of the "wife motor" but................... This is she doesn't like chickens. Though she is warming up to the idea of some Silkies and maybe some Showgirls.
     
  7. Chickens-246

    Chickens-246 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a microwave turntable motor on a precision timer.
     
  8. redneck

    redneck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Backyardchickens, could you elaborate on your design. pictures, drawings, or anything. It sounds very interesting.
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Aran, that is what I am tying to rig up. Something with a handle through a tiny hole that I could just give a crank or two to turn the eggs each time. Not automatic but still turning eggs without opening the incubator.
     
  10. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Quote:Redneck, bring out the Mother instinct in your missus. my wife was chickens, "are you crazy, what are we going to do with them. just because Julie (grand daughter) wants one, I have to have them around. they are dirty, noisey and stinky." well, after about a week of this I almost gave up, but the little chick started to act funny, like it had been in the sour mash. by accident I asked the wife, " can you help me with the sick chick?" from that day on she checks ALL the chickens to make sure they are alright.
     

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