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    home -made incubators

    Hello everyone, I am just wondering how reliable home- made incubators are and being able to keep temp at 90 degrees? . . ,Does the cooler method work well with water at the bottom heated with a fish tank heater and having the eggs sit up out of the water inside tupperwear with vermicolite (sperll?) ?. . I am not even breeding yet but am just thinking ahead.

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    Re: home -made incubators

    Done right, a homemade incubator is as reliable as they get. I made mine out of an old wine cooler and it maintains stability with les than a half degree variation.

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    Thats cool PitontheProwl. . . what do you use to heat the water to create the humidity? . .. .Heat tape at the bottom laying under the jugs and thermostat? Thanks for the posting the photo.

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    Re: home -made incubators

    How are the water jugs providing humidity w caps on?

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    Re: home -made incubators

    Do the containers w eggs have holes in them to let moisture in?

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    I have a big igloo cooler I use that can handle 6+ clutches at once. Heat tape, proportional thermostat, digital thermometer. I use water jugs and bottles to help stabilize temps. No fans. The KISS principle works well for me. Humidity is always at or near 100%. You can see Pitt is running pretty much the same type deal. Water jugs for stability and I am guessing that the blue cup may be for humidity. Since his setup is taller than it is long my bet would be he is probably running fans in there too.

    Humidity inside the tubs comes from the tub itself. I user a light diffuser with water below it. I do not put holes in my tubs. Humidity inside the incubator can be high to reduce tub humidity leakage. I have heard of people having corrosion problems doing this but I have not. I ran my incubator for six months last year and never had to add water.
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    To answer @Jeanne's questions, the jugs are there for thermal mass, not humidity. They help regulate the temps inside by absorbing and releasing the heat, keeping everything even without fluxuations. The holes are for air circulation afaik. Humidity should come from properly prepared hatching medium.

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    Re: home -made incubators

    Quote Originally Posted by LuvBall81 View Post
    Thats cool PitontheProwl. . . what do you use to heat the water to create the humidity? . .. .Heat tape at the bottom laying under the jugs and thermostat? Thanks for the posting the photo.
    12 inch heat tape is the only thing that heats the incubator.

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    How are the water jugs providing humidity w caps on?
    Thermal mass nothing to do with humidity.
    Helps keep the temperature stable.

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    Do the containers w eggs have holes in them to let moisture in?
    No holes in any of the tubs. Wet vermiculite keep the humidity on point.

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    Re: home -made incubators

    Quote Originally Posted by JodanOrNoDan View Post
    Since his setup is taller than it is long my bet would be he is probably running fans in there too.
    You bet correct.
    I have 2 four inch fans on rheostats to push air down as needed.

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