Will this work???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicksandhorses, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Chicksandhorses

    Chicksandhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    I wanted a new project, hatching chicken eggs, we found a few websites and made our own incubator out of a styrofoam cooler and light bulb, then put a bowl with a sponge and water in it. The temp. stays from 97-103 degrees and the humidity 30-60% will this work? and has anyone else ever tried anything like this?[​IMG] plz leave your answers and any tips you have below thnx!!!
  2. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    SE PA
    Yes it works, You might want to try to get your temperature range a little tighter though. 98-102 would be better, 99-100 would be better yet.
    Try moving the thermostat and light a little closer together. The light will heat up the thermostat, and cause it to turn the light off sooner. You might also want to put a couple bottles of water, a couple of rocks to act as heat sinks and hold the temperature a little more steady.
    The heat sink will help the incubator hold it's temperature better when you have to open it.
    Make sure you are check the temperature in a few different places, it can be several degrees warmer near the light than on the other side of the incubator.
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I made two incubators out of styrofoam coolers. I use one for incubating and the other as a hatcher. You can check my out, just click on my username and under Recent Activity, click on the Forums square, that will shut off the junk and "My Homemade Bator" should be there. Good luck. :thumbsup
  4. Chicksandhorses

    Chicksandhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    Ok thanks everyone! I cant wait for next friday, hatching day yay!!! we are turning them too, I hope they hatch. Thanks again!

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