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 Post subject: My home made bator
PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:06 pm 
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Started making this today,let me know what you think :wink:
Has twin 65 watt globes.
2 water trays
12cm fan

Still got a bit to do on it but at least I have started :rofl:

Hmmm having trouble with picsImage
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What sort of trouble? - reply in Tech Helpline and I'm sure between us we can assist... :)


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and do hurry up about it, i'm keen as mustard to have a gander ;) :mrgreen:


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cackles wrote:
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Got it thanks :wink:
Things to do

Things to still do
It is MDF(got it for free)
Has to be painted inside and out
Plan on making a rack like Trevs (push,pull turn)
Water will have a filler from out side the Bator.(containers will be linked so will be self leveling.
Covers to go over water containers(to adjust humidity)People see to be so concerned about temp but forget about humidity :mrgreen:
Will have a double layered Perspex top

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 Post subject: Re: My home made bator
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looks great!!

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Looks terrific. Are you planning to seal the surface?

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It is MDF(got it for free)


Maybe the bottom is? The sides look like they are pine wood... Just make sure you seal the edges really well. Otherwise it's brilliant!


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As long as you are not planning to spill water you will get away with just a paint job.

If you have any bits of tin sheet or similar you can have your globes a lot closer to the walls etc. and gain some more space to put eggs in. The lids of large coffee or Milo tins are perfect. Just nail them to the area of wood you would otherwise be concerned was getting too hot.

I can't see the value in having 2 water containers as opposed to one larger longer one. Be careful joining them because that could leak.

Deeper trays mean you don't have to top up as often. :wink:

You can make a water level indicator using a bent piece of coathanger and a piece of foam. That means you don't have to be able to see into the electrics area. The only time you would then need access to that area is when a globe blows, which isn't very often. Therefore you can simply screw a board as a cover for this area and it wont kill you to have to undo a few screws to change a globe every now and then. What all that means is kids can't get any fingers where they shouldn't.

You've done a good job.

It is good to see you have kept it easy and simple and not tried to reinvent the wheel. More people should build their own it isn't very hard. It will be miles better than a bought one.


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Sometimes I find it necessary to clean out the water trays. I must have lots of sediment in the water, and feather dust and misc muck can get in the trays. I find that getting two smaller trays out is easier, especially if you are lifting out around bulbs and mountings. At one time I put one long tray in thinking it would be better, but I had to suck the water out with a syringe, so that I then could turn it sideways to get it out for scrubbing and replacing. I went back to the two smaller trays. It just makes it easier to be able to lift one tray out between the bulbs, especially if the incubator is running at the time and you prefer not to take both hot bulbs out.

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Hey Indian little this looks great, I have added this thread to the homemade incubator sticky.
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Thanks guys and girls, :oops: I will put up more pics when more gets done on the bator(when time permits)

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Chicken07 wrote:
Sometimes I find it necessary to clean out the water trays. I must have lots of sediment in the water, and feather dust and misc muck can get in the trays. I find that getting two smaller trays out is easier, especially if you are lifting out around bulbs and mountings. At one time I put one long tray in thinking it would be better, but I had to suck the water out with a syringe, so that I then could turn it sideways to get it out for scrubbing and replacing. I went back to the two smaller trays. It just makes it easier to be able to lift one tray out between the bulbs, especially if the incubator is running at the time and you prefer not to take both hot bulbs out.


Another homemade one?, fantastic, don't be shy, get your pics up and have Trev link to his page. We seem to be on a bit of a roll and some fantastic stuff getting made by members

Hey Trev;
I've just had a squiz at the sticky of yours, it's an awesome resource. It would be the best resource on the net by a factor of about 10 I think. Nothing else even comes close. Congratulations.


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Thanks Mate,
It wouldnt be there if it wasnt for all the time, effort and assistance that members have put into making their own units and helping others make them.

Chicken07, Definately put up a thread about your own bator and Ill be happy to link it.
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No worries Trev. I'm leaving soon to drive down the coast to Beaudesert for a few days (seminar + auction), but I'll get time later in the week.

Indianlittle, can't wait to hear how your hatch rate goes. Good luck.

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Indianlittle, nice looking bator.

Dont want to hijack this but, (I know this was forewarned, but I cant beleive it myself) Woolworths do not sell those light globes anymore :shock: :shock: . They only sell the energy efficient ones :shock: . No good for heating.

Therefore my incubator is going to require a heating upgrade. I had a light blow out a few days ago (one of two lights) and ran down to woolys at 9pm, only to find them no longer stocked. Had to wait until bunnings opened in the morning. A fair risk with 36 eggs at day 18.

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