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Types of Incubators
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Make A Poultry Incubator
Homemade Incubator #2 for Poultry Eggs by Kirk
Good for Chicken, Duck, Turkey Eggs
Holds 2-3 Dozen Eggs, Low Cost $100
Build your own incubator and save money.
Also check out: Rick's Homemade Incubator.
Other Homemade Incubators.

Kirk Hodge Shows You How to Make an Incubater

"Most of the parts and pieces were found around my house. The controller is the most expensive piece but can be used for other uses when not being used in the incubator."

"The incubator could probably hold around 2 to 3 dozen eggs but it might get a little crowded. Thanks, Kirk Hodge,"

More photos on how to make Kirk's incubator.

A Homemade Incubator by Rick.

Building Your Own Hatching Egg Incubator

Kirk describes how he built his incubator:

"The incubator basically consists of 1 beer cooler, 1 temperature/humidity controller, 2 computer fans, 2 12volt transformers to power the fans, some various wiring and connectors, some 1/4" wood strips, some plexiglass and silicone, some aluminum pans with lids from the baking isle and some aluminum foil."

"I had everything already except I had to buy the controller and one more 12v transformer. The controller is the most expensive part at $50, and I plan on using it for other projects. But everything could probably be bought for under $100 and easily handles 14 eggs. I think it is more reliable than manufactured units for about the same price, at least from what I have read online about other ones."

"It is a beer cooler with a 73 watt halogen bulb for heat and a pan of water for humidity. I wired a temperature and humidity controller (which is sitting in front of the cooler on the table) that regulates the light bulb and also separately regulates a fan that sits over the pan of water."

"In the photo the controller is reading 99.6 for the temperature and a humidity of 52%. The controller turns the bulb off at 100 degrees and back on at 99. It turns the fan off at 56% and back on at 52% humidity. There are four small holes at the top, one is visible in the picture above the controller, and another four small holes in the bottom to let in fresh air."

"I cut a hole on one side of the cooler and siliconed on two panes of Plexiglas to make a double pane window to be able to see inside to check the water level and to see if the light was working. The humidifier consists of a pan of water which came with a plastic lid that I cut some slots in to allow the air to circulate from the fan on top of it. The pan has a blue sponge in it to allow more water to evaporate and the pan sits on some wire mesh just to get it off the bottom of the cooler."

"The light bulb is behind the piece of aluminum foil which is there to help not heat the eggs that are right above it. I have a big plastic straw that I use with a funnel to add more water to the pan when it is needed so the eggs don't have to get disturbed too much."

"I made a little wooden platform for the eggs to sit on. There is also another computer fan that is suspended from the lid with some cup hooks that continuously circulates the air inside. I also covered everything on the inside with aluminum foil to help keep the heat in."

"When they start to hatch I made a Plexiglas lid to be able to see inside without losing too much heat and I have some wheat straw to put down over the wood. We turn the eggs by hand and it heats up quick once the lid is back on."

Thank you Kirk from La Vergne, Tennessee for showing us how to make our own incubator. -Nancy




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