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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 10:33 pm 
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Hi there

After my failed attempt at incubating last month (after buying a faulty incubator off a person from Farmstock who then ignored all emails :roll: ) my partner said - I can build an incubator for you!!

So, he looked at this site and all over the internet and ta da - I present Greg's home made incubator!!

He has never made anything like this before but is fairly handy. He got a Fridge/Incubator circuit kit from Jaycar (WARNING - Don't buy one of these because they are not made to be an incubator AT ALL. The max temp was 19deg C :shock: - hmmm what can you incubate at 19deg??. Greg had to redo the circuits to make it work to a max of 40deg C :wink: )

I got a couple of foam eskys from my sister and Greg got some scrap aluminum (sp?) and plastic from his work.

It has a semi-auto turn, a water filler from the outside and a hygrometer on the inside. It has 2 40W candle lights at the top (wired separately so if one blows, the other will stay on) with foil to reflect the heat downwards. It has a computer fan in it too for air circulation.

We ran it emply for a day to see how it would go. Then I had some old eggs from when I was treating my chooks for cocci, so I put them in and it still went perfectly for a couple of days.

Then I got some fertile eggs and we are away and running :bounce: . We are on Day 3 and it is running perfectly. We can see through the window (well not really much to see yet) and we have not had to open it yet - using the auto turn and filling water via the outside spout!!

I thought you may like to have a look at his handywork (I think he is very clever) :)

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Water tank to the L, auto turn in middle (tilted), hygrometer at back, fan R

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Pic from front and of lights (sorry I am still in my Jammies :oops: )

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The circuit box and wiring (see the lights are seperate)

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Semi auto turn knob
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View from front

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Eggs set to go :bounce:

I will update when I candle (not that I am really sure what I am doing :hmmm: ) and then near hatch time.

Fingers crossed we will have BABIES in 19 days :catch:

Hope you like the incubator

Rach

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 10:42 pm 
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That looks really great. What a handy helper you've got there. I look forward to hearing your candling results.

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 12:16 am 
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Fantastic, I wish you the best results with it :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 5:40 pm 
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Great job Guys,i have added this post to the homemade bator sticky.
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 6:33 pm 
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That's a work of art Rach! Good luck on the hatch

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 8:42 pm 
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Thanks for all your kind words everyone :D

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WOW - that's impressive! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Looks like a nice variety of eggs too.... what breeds are you hatching?

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good luck!

hope u get lots a babies :D

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 7:19 pm 
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Hi Rachel.

How did you go with candling. Hope everything was growing OK.

The incubator looks fantastic, hopefully hubby will look and learn ;).

Love to hear how they are going?

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 8:09 pm 
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Oh hi everyone :hiya: , sorry i didn't get back to this earlier.

I am hatching cross breed layers because although I LOVE many of the breeds I dont really have enough room for them as we are in the suburbs and we really want productive pretty chooks in the backyard.

So.... I have an absolutely wonderful lady that I have met via this site who has a farm with about 300 or so chooks running around. I have got a dozen eggs from her and also I got a dozen (+some extras :thumbs: ) from Shani of her cross breed layers too. It will be fun to try and guess what breeds they might be!!

Out of the 30 eggs I have put in, I think I have 19 that are developing well. Saying that, I have no real idea what I am doing because we have never done this before :?: but I have trawled through this site to get as much info as possible and am fairly confident that 19 are a go. I have kept them all in there just in case (but am smelling them as I dont want an explosion!!) :wink:

Greg made me a brilliant candling box so I can see what is going on so that is a help. His incubator is brilliant - hasn't missed a beat all the way through (well so far).

Due date is 21 May 2009 - will keep you updated with how we go.

Time is going very sloooooooow though..... :sleep:

Rach
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 8:18 pm 
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WHOA............ :bounce: :bounce: looks fantastic!! super job guys :thumbs: before you know it you'll be :catch: OR, you'll be.......oh nooooo :aaargh: where'd they go

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 8:46 pm 
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thats soo exciting rach, you must be loving it!!

its such an awesome thing when you hatch baby chickies- feels like a great achievement!!

good luck

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 10:14 pm 
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Wow Rachel.

19 viable. You won't know yourself with 19 little chicks running around.

Get a bit broody box ready. :)

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 11:00 pm 
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Awww thanks guys for the support. :grouphug:

I am very excited. Another lovely lady who I have met on this site and lives in the same area as me (we haven't met but we chat on email) has just hatched some babies and they are SO cute!! I have got my fingers and toes crossed that everything goes ok for us at hatch time.

Greg has built me a brilliant broody box and we have got it set up, ready to go (checked temp etc)! Also, we are building a "babies chook coop" outside too (Poor Greg - I have got my whip out onto him :nail: ). This will eventually turn into my bantam pen and then I will have a big chook pen too.

I feel like I'm having another baby (without feeling so crappy though :wink: ) and we are due next week :lol:

I'm having a ball and am still amazed at how in 3 weeks you get a baby chicken from an egg - It's amazing.............

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 11:37 pm 
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OMG they are pipping!!! :shock:

A bit early - due Wednesday (sorry I thought Thursday in previous posts but checked the calendar and its actually Wed) but 2 are pipping.

Check out my blog for a picture and I will keep this updated too!!

I am SO eggcited!! (and a bit scared :shock: )

Rach
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