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

Daedalus62

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Sep 12, 2013
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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...
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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...
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