what features are important in a hatcher

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by barkerbeau, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. barkerbeau

    barkerbeau Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 29, 2011
    What features are important in a hatcher. I'm building this myself next weekend. I would hate to build this and have one of those moments that I kick myself in the butt for forgetting something. Going to be fairly small...16" x 16" x 6". Definitely need clear top. Anything else?
  2. sixshooter60

    sixshooter60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2011
    Stuart Oklahoma
    I built mine using one of those medical styrofoam chests that 2inches thick.. its about 14 inches wide and 17 inches long i cut out part of the top and put plexiglass on outside and inside and sealed with silicone and metal tape. i put a computer fan at one end close to the top and drillled 5 small hole behind the fan to pull in fresh air i put a light socket on the side down from the fan them wired in a wafer themostate past the light the fan blows all the time and it blows the heat from the 40 watt light buld toward the wafer i drill a 3/4 inch hole on the other side for ventilation. i put a cookie sheet in the bottom with a small sponge and drilled a 1/2 inch hole in the end and put piece of pvc pipe in to add water without having to open it..i put 1/4 inch hardware cloth on the bottom over the water pan. i have hatched 4 batches of quail eggs so far and it holds perfect temp and humidity.. hope this helps ..
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Mine is pretty simple and it works but it's much bigger than you have planned.

  4. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    It would appear that good heat and humidity control (as well as the ability to routinely turn eggs) are the important factors in an incubator.

  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Aside from the most common features, I like my hatcher to be tall enough and big enough to provide plenty of room for them to hatch and move around without being able to jump or fall out. I also like a big clear window so I can watch for any problems, count and ID them as they hatch from the marked eggs.

    Like this slide out feature and a huge HD viewing window.
  6. barkerbeau

    barkerbeau Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 29, 2011
    I like the design with the light bulb under the wire but I'm worried about getting the bulb and socket covered with crap. Is that a problem you have run in to?

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