Raising chicken has become a really popular job for farmers and incubate chicken eggs is a really interesting family project, too. Of course, many of you can find a lot of incubators in the market but isn’t it better to make an incubator yourself. In this post, we will give you a detailed guide of how to make the best egg incubator at home.
I. Pros and cons
- It is cheaper, of course. But the quality is not bad at all, the only thing you need to put in it is efforts.
- It can incubate from 50 to 100 eggs, depends on the size of the incubator.
- The hatch ratio is high, about 80%
- High durability.
- You must reverse the eggs by hand.
- Temperature can be unstable because of the power sources.
- Hard to control the humidity.
On the whole, this doesn’t have too much effect on the hatching result.
- A Styrofoam cooler box with a removable top.
- A 12V DC power source.
- Small 12V fan.
- Electric light bulb 25W-100W, electric wire.
- Electric circuit to control the light bulb and fan (you should ask the store where you buy it to set it up for you)
- A thermometer and humidity gauge.
III. How to make an egg incubator
- Make a hole at one end of the Styrofoam. This is where you put the light bulb. Place the bulb and its socket. Apply duct tape to cover the socket from the inside and outside.
- Make another hole under the light bulb, insert your fan inside it and cover the end with duct tape.
- Set up the electric circuit for the light bulb and fan. Connect the wires properly and cover them with duct tape to prevent electric fire.
- Make a false bottom using a mesh that fit the egg sizes. This makes your eggs more stable. Use a straw to cover the bottom of the incubator.
- Put thermometer and humidity gauge in it. Remember to put a bowl of water, this is will give your incubator moisture.
- After setting things up, you should test your incubator. Turn on the light bulb and fan, by adjusting the power source you can control the temperature and humidity inside the incubator. And always remember to check the thermometer and humidity gauge.
IV. Test your egg incubator
- Choose eggs that have good quality. The fertile eggs must have a properly shape and appearance.
- Put them in the incubator, adjust the right temperature and humidity using the fan and light bulb. And remember to put in a bowl of water.
- Remember to turn the eggs when the time comes. You can find more information about this at our website.
- Hatching an egg takes about 21 days. Remember to check them often, provide enough heat and moisture. If you do it properly, your eggs should hatch into small little cute eggs.
Hope you can make the best incubator with our guide.