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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:08 pm 
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I have been playing around with a bellsouth 100 for a few years and have decided to build another incubator using a pie warmer.
I folded the 2 egg trays and the hatching tray out of perforated stainless steel.
It has two 5inch fans in the bottom. 1 blowing up and the other on the other side blowing down.
I have been trying to use the bottom element as the heater but it is too large and therefor eratic. I think a thick bit of steel plate to act as a heat exchanger will do do the trick.
Temperature is being controlled by a Omron digital temp controller with a thermacouple. (yet to be fitted but loose fitted for testing). Element is being switched by a finder relay.
It will hold 200 eggs in the 2 trays with a sliding turner in each. And 100 in the hatching tray.
It should be able to process 100 eggs per week per 3 week cycle.

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looks good jimkat

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jimkat - what does the sliding turner look like? where do you get one and would it fit in a Bellsouth 100? I have a manual Tough & tropical and rather than get an autoturner am thinking of something like a sliding turner.


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Awesome.

Please take pictures all the way along.

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The sliding turner is nothing more then 2 bits of flat hardwood(30x6) on edge and conected by 8mm dowels like a ladder but the width of the bator. When you slide it along the eggs simply roll over. I have one that I made in my Bellsouth but can't get a pic at the moment coz it full of eggs.
Cost about $10 to make. And holds 48 large eggs.
You can't realy see it in the pic below and I will try and get abetter pic in about a week when I candle them again.

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Looken good Jim :wink:
My offer still stands for incubator room if needed


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There is 98 eggs in that pic and after I candled them I gave 10 to the dog.
I will candle them again in another week . The light eggs are pure Australorp and a couple of Dark rocks. The rest are going to be black cross bred layers? Mix of Barnie,langshan,Welsummer and Australorp.
I fill the Bellsouth up like this coz it will run a lot better and I can sell the excess to a snake charmer.
I want the bigger bator later on when I start to muck around with sexlinking. It will also make a god hatcher coz that is what stuffs up the Bellsouth hatch rate.
Jd. I get in enough trouble at the moment :wink: Maybe when the storm dies down :) I will want some of your leghorn eggs


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jimkat wrote:
There is 98 eggs in that pic and after I candled them I gave 10 to the dog.
I will candle them again in another week . The light eggs are pure Australorp and a couple of Dark rocks. The rest are going to be black cross bred layers? Mix of Barnie,langshan,Welsummer and Australorp.
I fill the Bellsouth up like this coz it will run a lot better and I can sell the excess to a snake charmer.
I want the bigger bator later on when I start to muck around with sexlinking. It will also make a god hatcher coz that is what stuffs up the Bellsouth hatch rate.
Jd. I get in enough trouble at the moment :wink: Maybe when the storm dies down :) I will want some of your leghorn eggs
no probs mate :lol:


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Jimkat

How's the pie bator going and do you have any pics of the sliding turner yet?


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Ok I ended up using 2 x 100 watt globes, 1 x 6 inch fan and had to insulate it. It now works great :)
Problem now is the sliding doors. I can not remove trays without removing the doors. I will make a new front for it so I do not disturb eggs that are about too hatch.
Here is a pic of the wooden slider I made for the Bellsouth.
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Globes are under the floor
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wow thanks for that! Pie bator looks great and so do the chicks. Pity about the sliding doors. I would have thought the sliding doors wouldn't have kept it very well insulated? You got any ideas on what sort of replacement door you're going to make?


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Thinking about a door at the top and one at the bottom where the hatch tray should sit.
But also have another pie warmer that I might make into a hatcher.
It could get out of hand very quickly.
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very clever
i can see what you mean by getting out of hand, most tempting to keep hatching all those eggs!

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What was your hatch rate?

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I hatched them in the Bellsouth coz the way the doors are set up and got about 75% from 2 dozen.

When you go to a chook auction and buy 5 doz duck eggs.(I don't want ducks)
And 3 doz chook eggs of the variety that I don't have and did'nt really want, but hey I've got room in the bator and they were cheap.
Its got out of hand.

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