Introduction: Cooler Incubator
The goal is to keep temp at 99-101
And in 21 days you will have chicks
Remember to rotate eggs daily
This is my incubator build
Goal was to be cheap as possible
Feb-5 will be when first group eggs will hatch we will see
I have 34 bucks in this build and slot of things I got for free by looking.
U will also need a bowl and sponge for water for the humidity
Step 1: Free Cooler
New or use
In my case was in the garbage so free
Step 2: Heat Lamps
2 heat lamp
What ever u can find
Mine were old heat lamps that were old and beat up.
Cost new were 10 bucks each.
Step 3: Fan
This was a fan out of a old directv box
Most people use a fan from a computer
Price was free.
Step 4: Therm/humity
9 bucks at walmart
I bought two to get a close better reading
Step 5: Egg Carton
Free from the store
Step 6: Bread Tray
Step 7: Cooler Prep
Cut two holes for the light fixtures to fit in.
Step 8: Light Wired
Slice two lights together tape for one plug
Lights are also wired up to the water heater thermos tic (which cost 15 bucks)
Light bulbs I went with are 40 watts
Step 9: View Window
Next cut out a view window to watch the eggs
I used a plastic window frame
Glass is held in with silicone
Step 10: Fan Setup
Next find a power source for the fan any 12v charger plug will work .
Decided not to use the fan even tho I hook it up
Step 11: Complete Cheap Incabutor
Temp flexes between 97-104
I'm sure better thermostat and better setup
Would work better stay to for more updates.
Most incubators sell around80-100
Please afl question and give better info were you think I should have done better
Step 12: Baby Chicks
3 out of 13
Step 13: Success
7- were fully delovope but didn't make it
3- did great month old
First time work great
Next time a few changes
1. Flip thermometer upside down for direct heat on sensor
2.make sure when u candle eggs don't flip upside down.
3. After day 14 don't messed with eggs no more let nature do the rest.
4.think a bottle or can would work better for the water I had problems keeping up the humidity this is why I think the other 7 didn't make it.