Steve's Homemade Incubator - Text and Pics

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by twigg, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    your bator looks like a cigar humidor, Nice work!! I
  3. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    wow i just saw your new thread , yes that is nice work. very nice.
  4. chickhamm

    chickhamm Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    That looks really really nice Twigg. I have actually been contemplating building an incubator that will will work but also look nice so i can have it in the open. I was thinking oak for the cabnet part, lining it with thin styraphome and then topping that with the hard lining that looks like tile for easy cleaning. I would have to pick your brains on the electricle stuff, would it be easy to wire several of the turners together?

    *smiles* it will stew in my head untill i get to it. probably change 100 times.

    Yours turned out really nice twigg.

  5. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Yes, it would be easy to wire turners together. Really though, there is no need. Just take the individual leads out the back and plug them into a power strip.

    They are low power motors, and that way you can remove them individually.

    Incubator electrics are pretty simple. You basically have a temperature controller of your choice that the heater plugs or wires into, and an egg turner. Forced air is provided by a 12V fan which is wired separately

    Keep the 120V side safe by insulating everything, the 12V matters less, wire nuts work fine.

    Keep it neat and tidy.
  6. That's a nice bator you made there. Where did you find all the parts?
  7. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    The plywood from Home Depot
    The Turner from Attwoods (ebay too)
    The heater rope online ($20 incl shipping)
    The Temp. Controller I had
    The fan from an old PC case

    I have a decent woodshop, so making the case was the easy bit. I experimented with the fan and different heaters. The rope works great

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