i brought one of these and it was great, i did paint the inside of it first to help to keep it clean, i am now planning to go a bit bigger so i was thinking about buying a different set up as a controller, i must admit i dont like the light bulb thing and want to go towards a heater wire or a trace heater wire instead , i have found some rated at 40 watt per metre so a couple of metres should do ittygrysek75 wrote:Well done to you.I have bought selfmade incubator on e-bay and I have very smal halogen bulb inside with computer fan to mix the air and both are fitted on the lid of the box which makes loads of space for the eggs and do not take alot of power.It was very relible and I had very nice chicks hatched in it.This is how its look http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/INCUBATOR-BRO ... 4ab5485746
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In front of the fan I would say Fabgirl, avoiding radiated heat from the lights and just measuring the air temperature.
Good job. The best hatching success I've had was with my homemade incubator. Some years ago I constructed a small twin-wall cabinet from 25mm polystyrene sandwiched between 15mm white melamine, and a double glazed window in the door.
Inspirational Simon+colette. Biggest problem here is power cuts, so if we can store heat inside the incubator to give us time to set up the inverter that's good. Dry method is dependant on the humidity inside your house. Old houses can run at 70% and new at 30%. So running dry means different things to different houses. The only certain method is to check the formation of the air sac. Over here the humidity can run from 80% to 20% in a day -very difficult to work, with so auto humidifiers are great. Alternatively just use your nose and adjust the water surface area.
reusable ice packs (as sold for picnic coolers etc) are supposed to have high thermal storage capacity. I have used them to good effect to fill thermal voids in a couple of very old mechanical (ether, I think, capsule thermostat) incubators.chrismahon wrote:so if we can store heat inside the incubator to give us time to set up the inverter that's good.
They are also good to use as "dummy eggs", by which I mean if you are incubating just a few eggs in say a 40egg 'bator then the ice packs can fill up and stabilise the rest of the 'bator.
That incubator is fab! I may steal your idea? I never realised a bulb like that could emit enough heat
Chuckchick - ever searching for the perfect flock!