Using an old, round incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kodiakchicken, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    Okay, here's a question. I picked up one of the old, round, aluminum.tin incubators at a garage sale last year. I meant for it to be used for an FFA project, but noone seemed interested in chickens.

    Now that I have my own chickens and have raised them to laying age without problem, I'm considering trying to incubate some eggs. Does anyone still use these old round incubators? This one had obviously never been used, still had the instructions inside. We've plugged it in and it works fine. Naturally, I know I'd have to check the temp accuracy before using, but is there any reason I couldn't use it?

    I'm not quite ready to buy a new incubator and I really only want to do a handful of eggs, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  2. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Don't see why not, go for it! It's just like everything else we have that is new and improved,,, what came before worked, it should be just fine.
  3. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    Thanks, Writer, that's what I thought. I can't see running out to buy something new if my $10.00 garage sale find will work just as well.

    Guess I'd better start studying up!
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

  5. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    What's a "wafer" thermostat? And how do I get the humidity up, place a small bowl of water in the incubator or do the eggs themselves put off humidity?
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If the thermostat in the bator is round with a knob on the side to adjust the temp, it's a wafer type. Feed stores usually carry extras if you ask. I don't really watch humidity that much, but if you're just starting, a hydrometer would be a good thing to get. Add water pans or cups to up the humidity if needed, open more vents to lower it. Surface area is the key to humidity.
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    I have one my Dad got in 1955, still works fine. What brand these are alot better than the styrofoam incubators. hold heat very well. Place small water pan about 7 in. dia. It is a still air so check temp. at top of eggs. 101 degree.

    Great find, mine is a old Sears incubator. you will need to hand turn eggs. The turner sold for the styrofoam will work if your is the 100 egg size.
  8. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Go for it. I see no reason why it shouldnt work, probably better than some of the styrofoam ones!
  9. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    My grandmother had one and we hatched eggs in it all the time. The thing worked great.
  10. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Are you referring to a Brower top hatch? Something like this!??

    I LOVE mine!! It holds temps great...just put a small pan of water in the bottom...there should be a metal ring, and on top of that sits your "screen" that the eggs lay on. If the humidity wont come up, lay a wet sponge in there. Make sure you ALWAYS use very warm you dont drop the temp. I say...GO FOR IT!! Oh, and the wafer in in the lid..they do tend to go out...but are easy to find, and replace..I say, go get one and have it on hand...just in case.
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