Wine cooler hatcher....with pics

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Three Cedars Silkies, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Like most of you, I have yearned for an incubator AND a hatcher. After going through about 5 different brands of incubators, I realized that my best hatches were with my old Miss Prissy homemade incubator...so I decided to build an incubator and a hatcher.

    For the incubator, I used a mini-fridge. It holds 2 turner (I did have to remove one row on each one) and has kept temp and humidity rock solid for 2 weeks.

    For the hatcher, I wanted to be able to see in it so I started looking for a wine cooler on craigslist. I found one for $15 and it was absolutely perfect! I gutted it of the compressor, etc so it would be much lighter. Initially I had problems with the middle and bottom hatching tray being cooler than the top one so I installed a second bulb (40 watt) at the bottom
    and now the temp in all trays is within 0.2 - 0.4 of each other. I'm esctatic!!

    Here are pics...if you have any questions about it...fire away!

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  2. Darling Farms

    Darling Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So Cool! Love all the pics... BRAVO!
     
  3. smfildes

    smfildes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They both look fantastic. What kind of thermostat did you use and what did you do for ventilation? I've made several incubators and hatchers. I'm still making adjustments. Your help is greatly appreciated.
     
  4. angusb

    angusb Out Of The Brooder

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    I realize your post is just over a year old now, but I wanted to say thanks for the pics, because you have done just what I was hoping to do: use an automatic turner in a mini-fridge incubator. I see that you said you had to remove one egg rail. Do you mean you had to saw the egg turner down a bit, or just pull off one of the rails? Also, your hatching bins, were you just lucky enough to find some that fit that perfectly? And if so, where did you get them? Your setup looks great!

    Angus
     

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