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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:14 pm 
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I spent a fair bit of time over christmas making my own incubator and here is the finished product.

It is made from laminated mdf left over from a kitchen reno.
It is heated with a 6m reptile heat cable attached to a dial thermostat.
It has a 12v computer fan mounted in a timber bracket inside the lid.
Perspex at the front for veiwing eggs and hygrometer.
Drop down door at front to top up baking dish water tray.

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I spent about 24 hours getting the temperature jut right and managed to get it sitting between 37.6 and 37.8, using a setting of non fertile eggs (those eggs you have to withold after drenching come in handy for something) I marked and taped the dial. Humidity sitting at around 60% ish.

I placed 36 cross bred, 4 pit game, 3 elizabeth duck and 1 pigeon (don't ask) eggs in the incubator at 7pm. The temp slowly rose and stabilised by about 1030pm. I watched it neurotically for another hour and it wass still stable so I went to bed.

BUT this morning when I got up I checked the max/ min readout on the thermometer and it said 38.9 and 35.6! Have no idea why. Temp inside the hpuse was stable and I didn't touch the dial.

When I got home from work Max was 37.9, min 37.1. I turned the eggs at 4:30 pm, the temp rose back up to 37.7 by 7pm and has stayed hovering between 37.6 and 37.8 for the rest of this evening. I still haven't moved the dial on the thermostat

So I guess it will just be a case of waiting the 21 days and seeing what happens. I really really ope I haven't just condemned all those eggs to being deformed chicks because the temp isn't stable enough. :cry:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:38 pm 
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Ignore what that Max./Min. says.

All the other evidence suggests a brilliant job. Well done. :sleep:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:45 pm 
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Thanks Denis! was hoping you would notice the post.

I have been trying to ignore the thermometer but its bloody hard to sit on my hands! :P

But from all the reading I have done on here, I have learnt 1 very important thing

DONT TOUCH THE THERMOSTAT

So fingers crossed

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:52 pm 
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it looks great!!

Now for the test run to seee how it goes.

Keep us informed, it is the only home made incubator that i would even attemp to build myself, yet it still looks great!! and most importantly works!!

Well done, i will keep my fingers crossed foy you as well as me, got my first lot in the bator today

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:34 pm 
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I candled last night and I must say I am hugley ecstatic!

19 definates

9- probablys

7- no idea

9- seriously doubt it.

What does it mean when you cant really see anything, the egg is just all speckldy? I read it somewhere, but now I cant remember and cant find the post it was in :oops:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:53 pm 
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How did you go candling the pigeon egg??



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:16 pm 
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nice results, hope they all hatch for you :D , and if not, then a majority

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:19 pm 
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The pigeon is going great guns! I recandled with a much better torch instead of the old pocket maglite, and I was absolutley astounded, you can actually see the little bitty embryos moving! or the veins or the heart beat or something.

I could not believe it! I encourage everyone to have a go and build a bator, I cant help but feel proud that this daggy little box I made is actually working! I mean I hoped it would, but to have actual, visable proof is amazing.


After decent candling I am at 25 definate goers (Including a pigeon) and 5 definate chuckers.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:38 pm 
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Congrats on your achievements so far... that's awesome! :D What kind of torch are you now using to candle? I have tried the pocket maglite too and ended up frustrated and more confused than ever! :|

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:46 pm 
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ummmm, now im actually using a halogen desk lamp, tipped upside down, wedged between a chair and the dining table with a toilet roll taped over the light source :oops: :oops:

Its very effective and illuminating, b ut going to have to go to bunnings and get an actual torch because the desk lamp keeps overheating and melting the duct tape :oops:

Yes I wonder about myself too.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:53 pm 
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Now that is funny! :rofl: I am not at all 'wondering' about you because I have done exactly the same thing... and had it get way too hot for my liking.. and I was so afraid I would harm the embryo if it got too hot that I ditched that idea. That's part of being a fully fledged worry wart! I think I might be off to Bunnings myself in the not too distant future! Wonder if it's worth investing in a 'real' candler??

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:11 am 
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Someone can correct me if I am wrong but I think Teeni is our first lady incubator builder to post details of her efforts. A BYP legend has been born.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:00 am 
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A BYP legend has been born

:shock: :shock: :shock:
a new legend!!!!
:D :D :D

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:13 am 
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yep Teeni the new legend you doing the Hunter/ Port members Proud!! i am in port sethpens council as well closer to hunter. hope they all hatch. (sorry about spelling).

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:49 am 
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Hi Teeni
I hope you dont mind but I have added this incubator to the sticky. :o
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