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What do you think about my diy incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Eggcellent, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Eggcellent

    Eggcellent Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made this bator for maximum viewability for the kids. Has been holding temps rock steady for the first 4 days here. Never goes below 99 and never above 100.

    The heat source is two 100 watt light bulbs. They are controlled by a reptile thermostat. I have a very high velocity fan out of a computer server. It sucks air out of the main chamber and into the heated chamber. The heated air blows out through all of the holes I drilled. I actually had to make sure it was very well sealed in the heated chamber because the fan created one heck of a vaccuum.

    For humidity, I have a craft box with the top cut off. This allows me to fill less or more chambers for different levels of humidity. Right now, I have 12/18 filled for 45% humidity.

    The bottom of the bator is actually the sink cutout from a formica countertop. It was free and should make clean up a breeze.

    The egg turner is an older style LG. The incubator is actually tall enough that I could stack two turners in there with a shelf. I will probably do that before spring when I want to get more serious about hatching eggs.

    The top is just a big piece of plexiglass. Not only is this good for my kids to look at the eggs, but I am going to take the bator to work so the day care kids can watch a hatch.

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  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    That is cool! What kind of egg turner is that?
     
  3. Eggcellent

    Eggcellent Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Its just an old LG turner. I think model 9300 maybe?
     
  4. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is nice! Do you have pictures of inside the area where you have the light bulbs and thermostat?

    A how to would be great! [​IMG]
     
  5. chaneg78

    chaneg78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks really cool. I've always liked the idea of using a digital reptile thermostat. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  6. ParadisePoultry

    ParadisePoultry Hey, I'm WALKIN' here !

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    I love it! Please do post pics of the area where you have your fan and light bulbs and stuff. i really like the big viewing area for the kids. That's what I would like to do too.
     
  7. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great Job! That's going to be awesome for viewing hatches! [​IMG]
     
  8. Eggcellent

    Eggcellent Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't take a photo of the chamber where the light bulbs are just yet. I will work on doing a drawing and I will take a photo of it after this hatch is complete.
     
  9. PaintedPony

    PaintedPony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have one of these turners and I like it so much more than the newer LG turner. The old one has plastic cups that hold almost any size egg from tiny ones up to jumbo chicken eggs. It will hold 48 eggs at it's max but the cups can be taken out and put back in so you can make as much space as you need for the eggs. You can also buy replacement cups for it so if one goes bad you just pop another one in Vs the entire thing being ruined. The space in the middle is great for water, sponges, them & humid gauges, etc.Model is a 6200. If I could find more of them I'd own them Vs the new plastic ones.
     

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