Recently raising chickens at home is becoming quite popular. With time more and more people are becoming educated about the process of hatching eggs with hens in factory farms. Hatching chickens can be a really a family project but when you are aware of following the right technique. There are some smart and efficient incubators coming up in the market using which you can hatch eggs within three weeks’ time. But the problem of using incubator is that it is quite expensive. How about making one at home within few simple steps? If you get cabinet incubator for sale then buying is the best option else you can always start making one at home using some simple steps.
Making incubator is no big deal; here are some simple steps following which you can make one at home:
- Cut a hole at one end of Styrofoam cooler. Cut in such a way that the hole can easily adjust light bulb and a socket. Make sure you insert socket from any other lamp and put a 25 watt bulb. Place tape around inside and outside to avoid chances of fire.
- Next divide the cooler in two different sides. Try doing that using hard wire mesh or chicken mesh. Create a partition off the side where the bulb sits. This will help protecting the chick from getting burned.
- Now add the humidity gauge and digital thermometer. Place these gadgets around the side where you will be placing the egg. The main purpose of incubator is to keep humidity and temperature inside at optimal level, select gauge or thermometer that comes with high rate of accuracy. Put a bowl of water inside which will be your humidity source. Place a sponge too that will help you adjust amount of water at ease.
- Now cut a viewing portal in to the coolers lid. You can use glass from picture frame to determine how big the opening needs to be. Try to make it smaller than the dimension of glass and properly secure it using best quality tape.
- Once you are done with these steps, the most important thing is to test the incubator. Before you put egg ad start the process make sure everything is working as per the need. Turn on light and start monitoring humidity and temperature properly. Make subtle adjustments so that the humidity and heat are at optimal levels. Keep the temperature of the incubator to 99.5 degrees throughout. The humidity level can vary between 40 to 50 percent for initial 18 to 19 days and around 65 to 75 for last four days.
- To reduce the temperature punch few holes in the side of cooler, if it gets too low use tape to cover up some holes
- For changing the humidity level you can sponge up some water and squeeze out some more for effective results.
- Once everything is done you can now put in chicken eggs and start using the homemade incubator. Keep it in suitable place so that optimal temperature is maintained.