Homemade Egg Incubator
Most of the types of egg incubators that you are able to purchase can cost anywhere between $200 to $400. This is a lot to spend when your child is trying to do a school project. If you or your children are trying to discover how a chicken egg is able to grow and hatch – but do not have the money to spend on a real incubator then why not make one yourself?
Before you can go out and purchase all of the materials to make your own homemade egg incubator you must first be able to know what goes into it. This means that you need to know all of the important aspects and how it is able to work. All of these features are important for an egg to survive and are able to be found on most types of egg incubators.
With a homemade egg incubator you must be able to find a way that will allow you to control the temperature and keep it at the proper degree. This temperature will vary depending on the species that you are working with. Consult your veterinarian or species book that will be able to tell you what that temperature should be.
The area in which you store the incubator must be away from direct sunlight and drafts. You will need to use a reliable thermometer and keep it in an enclosed area. This will make sure that you are able to adjust the temperature when necessary.
It must also be able to control and maintain the proper amount of humidity that the species needs. One of the best ways in which you are able to achieve this is by building the incubator to have a pan of water attached to it somewhere. It is best when it is beneath it so that it will be able to use vents or slots in which you can increase or decrease the levels.
Some people find it difficult to build a mechanism that is able to safely turn the eggs when needed. When this is not possible you will need to make sure that the area in which they are being stored in sealed and cannot be easily opened. This will allow you to turn them without releasing large amounts of heat or humidity.
The floor of the homemade egg incubator should be built with materials that allows it to be easily removed and cleaned. It must also be a material that is not harmful to use around the species.