Incubator Maker – How to Make a High-Quality, High-Hatching-Rate Incubator with Cheap Parts!
Let me tell you something about myself. I’ve been a high school science teacher for over 20 years.
One day I came up with the idea of showing my class how to hatch chickens in an incubator. I bought a small nevertheless-air incubator for $150. It was nothing fancy, just a basic unit with a thermostat.
I took it to my class, and put it to the test with a dozen chicken eggs…
Everyone was looking forward to see the chicks hatch!
I followed the directions provided to the letter. I watched… and waited… and watched… and waited…
My students and I jumped with joy!
Sadly, the excitement quickly turned into disappointment. The two chicks were the only ones that hatched out of… 12. Which is an abysmally low hatching rate of just 17%!
already worst, they both died a few days later, probably because the conditions at which they hatched were not optimal…
Determined not to give up, I bought another incubator; a Brinsea Fully Automatic Incubator.
At $489 plus shipping, it wasn’t cheap, but I had to show my students that hatching chickens at home could be done.
While the Brinsea incubator was much easier to use, the hatch was far from a success and it turned out to be however another disappointment.
Not to be outdone, I started asking around about incubators used by hatcheries.
What I found was that hatcheries use incubators with progressive humidity control systems in addition as egg turners.
These are meaningful features to increase the hatching rates.
Typical Hatchery Incubator
The only problem was that the cheapest would cost me over $1,500!!! Far more than I wanted to use on an incubator for a school project.
But I didn’t give up and I told my students that I was looking for a way to make an incubator myself.
At that point, a student told me that his neighbor is well known for building incubators.
Upon hearing that I had to learn more. The next day, my student took me to meet his neighbor.
The man explained that he worked for a large incubator manufacturing…