"Start-it-up-and-forget" incubator project - Some thoughts...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Daedalus62, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. Daedalus62

    Daedalus62 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    So... After an experience with a hastily made styrofoam incubator, I decided to build a small cabinet one... I already have most of the materials/parts, mainly from my junk pile...

    My wife reading this would say "Yeah, definitely you're a junk collector"... To what I would reply "For the nth time, it's not junk!"... You know the type... [​IMG][​IMG]

    I spend most of day at work, so I want to make it as self-sufficient as possible... Some thoughts... Nothing new, just some ideas I picked around and intend to put together in one build...


    Heating

    Straightforward... I'm using a heating coil (50 or 100W, still to decide) salvaged from an old aquarium heater... As a thermostat, I have one of these:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/220V-Digita...6748?pt=US_Weather_Meters&hash=item2a2d5365fc

    It worked flawlessly in the styro incubator.

    Also, a pc fan for air circulation.


    Egg turning

    Again, salvaged from an old stove, I have an rotisserie motor... Still to the decide on the most practical egg tray, but the idea is to control it like this:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/708252/egg-turner-schematic.


    Humidity control

    This one, for me, is the trickiest/most challenging... What about using a humidity sensor/switch (something like this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC12V-Humid...898?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27d14ae0ca)

    that would trigger a mist maker (something like this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-LED-Ultra...405?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item337c02636d)

    when the humidity percentage, lowers from a given value?... In theory, seems doable...


    So the idea is to build an minimum-attention-needed incubator... Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please share your thoughts/suggestions/ideas/experience... That's the purpose of this thread... Thanks.

    Regards


    BTW, let me say I know it would be alot easier to just go and buy an incubator... But that would take out all the fun of my diy projects... I like the figure-out-the-best-way/building challenges... [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2013
  2. cadenlear

    cadenlear New Egg

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    can you show how you made it I have waned one [​IMG]
     
  3. Daedalus62

    Daedalus62 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haven't build it yet, it's in the planning stage... Whence this post, to swap ideas.

    Regards
     
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