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Posted by dan felice on April 03, 2003 at 05:18:42:
In Reply to: Re: First home made incubator,to Tim Madsen posted by Tim Madsen on April 02, 2003 at 21:06:27:
::::This is my first home made incubator.Is't a heavy styrofoam shipping container,1in heat cable controled by a seprate thermostat.The thermometer cable gose thru the top so I can view the temps from outside the box,water bowl in bottom; rack will hold 4 containers,any imput on this would be helpful,like air holes in box or containers,THANKS TO ALL,P-RAT
:::If you feel you have to have a incubator I would add a backup thermostat. Rig it so that it shuts off your heater. This would prevent cooking your eggs incase of a heater malfunction. I personally think it's a waste of money to use a incubator for colubrid eggs. Not to mention the chance of loosing a whole seasons eggs to heater malfunction.
::So your saying if I use one to do something like hook up a lets say a dimmer switch inbeteen the termostat and the heat tape.I live in up state NY and don't know if I'll have a room warm enough by the time there laid to not use an incubator.The room would have to be around 82deg wouldn't it,Thanks for the responce,P-RAT
:If you will only have a shoe box or two of eggs, I'd just put them on top of the refrigerator. Check it out and see it's usually nice and warm there.
check your temps at floor level then check them up at the ceiling. BIG difference! my eggs sit on a shelf in my laundry room at a more or less constant 78* and hatch in 70 days. last year, i had to put them on the floor due to excessive summer heat. they all hatched out, over 100 eggs. better to keep it simple if you can.