We do have some chickens on our homestead but we have never tried to hatch our own eggs before. Most of the eggs that collect in the diy nesting boxes end up on the breakfast plate. I had the talk with the hubby just last night and brought up this diy chicken egg incubator.
Unlike other incubators that you can make, this one is less complicated and cheaper. It is supposed to cost a total of about $10 to $20. It should also just take about 30 minutes to complete this simple project. Sure beats buying a ready made one for at least $200, especially if you already some of the required materials.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- styrofoam box
- light bulb socket
- standard extension cord
- incandescent light bulb
- scrap wood to make a frame
- hardware cloth
- thermometer with humidity gauge (hygrometer)
- shallow cup
- wood screws
- utility knife
- staple gun
- hand drill
- water heater thermostat (optional)
- dimmer switch (optional)
- old picture frame (optional)
A frame is needed inside the styrofoam box, so build one using the scarp wood. Just make sure it fits inside and allows the shallow cup to fit inside. The screen is cut and then attached to the frame using a staple gun. Next you will need to cut the hole to fit your light bulb socket into on one side of the box.
Ventilation holes can be drilled on the side of the box as well as the lid. Two on either side and four in the lid. All that is left to do is to assemble your incubator. The shallow cup goes on the bottom, then the frame with the screen, then your eggs, the light bulb and finally the thermometer.
If you would like a viewing window, you can create one on the top of the lid from an old picture frame. Hatching eggs should take about 21 days, it is an intricate game of the right temperature of between 99 to 102 degrees F and humidity of 40 to 50% as well as turning your eggs at least 3 times a day.
You can follow step by step instructions on Instructables, here…
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