Solar incubator??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by v.cyr, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. v.cyr

    v.cyr Songster

    May 4, 2010
    Greene, NY
    could anyone help me find info on a passive solar incubator... I remember reading an article on it once, but my google-fu is weak, and I can't seem to find anything on it now... IIRC, it was basicly a sand filled wooden box with a glass top(it was covered with a heavy blanket at night)... I seem to remember something about it being developed by some charitable organisation in africa, but don't quote me... some folks on another forum were talking about incubation without electricity, and I wanted to bring this up, but I cant find the site to link too..

  2. quintinp

    quintinp Songster

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    Well, I didn't know about the no electricity incubator, but I know that there are 75 watt solar panels that you can purchase. (Expensive)

    You could use that to power a 75 watt bulb, and wire a thermostat to the bulb?!

    I have wondered about solar incubators though too.

    I know that there are readily available lamp oil incubators that you can purchase. You can also use a brick oven, and put the eggs in it, and continuously pile warm manure under the brick oven, just don't let the eggs get in contact with the wet manure. GROSS!
  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

    Jan 16, 2012
    It sounds interesting. I am curious to find out how the temperature would be maintained. An egg incubator needs to stay within a couple of degrees of the optimal temperature. I think that would be difficult with this passive solar incubator.

    If a solar panel was used, a charge controller, a battery, and a 12-volt light bulb would also be needed, or an inverter and a regular light bulb could be used. It takes a lot of electricity to keep say a 100-watt light on 24 hours a day. The solar panel only produces full power when there is direct sunlight. So I think you would need maybe a 300-watt solar panel and deep cycle batteries to power the light bulb 24 hours a day.
  4. tkalito

    tkalito Hatching

    Mar 24, 2012
    This is not as dificult as it saund. You need to know how to built a solar water heater (bach heater, flat collector or parabolic trhoug)
    the heated water can be move by thermosifonig to a very well insulated water tank located no less then 12 inches above the solar water heater. the temperature inside the incubatar could be control by a wafer thermostat levers to open vents in the top part of the incubator to let heat scape. Hope this help. I am working on one now. I will post more information later on.

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