DIY Incubator In Few Simple Steps

According to the dictionary, an incubator is an enclosed apparatus in which premature or usually small babies are kept and which provides a controlled, warm and protective environment for their care. An incubator is used in the present times in hospitals to provide a warm environment for the babies and in case of poultry, it helps hatch chicken eggs for higher yields. A DIY incubator is just what you’re looking for.

Here is how to make a DIY incubator:

Materials

  • 1/2 sheet 3/4 inch plywood
  • 1 1/2″ coarse thread screws
  • 1 Sheet aluminum backed 1/2″ foam insulation board
  • 1 Tube grab-it construction adhesive
  • 1 – Tube clear latex window and door caulk
  • 1 Metal conduit junction box
  • 6′ Electrical Cord
  • Wire nuts
  • 12′ – 12 gauge wire
  • 5 – Stage 2 baby food jars “cleaned”
  • 2 – 4″ personal fans
  • Aluminum backed HVAC tape
  • 1 – Aluminum casserole pan
  • 1 – Large hole sponge
  • 1 – Hot water heater thermostat
  • 1 – Old glass front cabinet door
  • 1 – Digital indoor/outdoor thermometer/hydrometer
  • 1 – 8′ stick 1/2″ PVC pipe
  • 5 – 1/2″ PVC Tee’s
  • 3 – 1/2″ PVC caps
  • 10 – 1/2″ PVC 90’s
  • 1 – Wood paint stir stick
  • 2 – 2 1/2 Dozen cardboard eggs trays
  • 2 – 3 1/2″ 1/4-20 bolts
  • 4 – 1/4-20 Flat washers
  • 4 – 1/4-20 Locking nuts
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • 1 – Pair 1 1/2″ hinges
  • 2 – Screen door hooks
  • Cherry Stain
  • Foam stain brush
  • 2 – Light sockets
  • 2 – 100 watt light bulbs

Directions

  • We’re making a 16” X 16” X 39” box. Cut all the pieces, the side pieces and the back are 16” wide and 39” tall. The top and bottom are 16″ wide x 16 3/4″ tall.

  • For the front cut the blocks and strips for door frame.
  • Caulk all the seams with latex to ensure air tightness.

  • Cut and glue in the insulation.
  • Tape all the corners and seams with an aluminum backed tape. Tape the top of the inside too above the light bulb to reflect the heat.

  • Put a shelf in the top about 8-9” from the top and leave a gap at the back and front for air circulation.
  • Make a ¾” hole in the back of the incubator to install the ½” PVC 90 and nipple to connect to the metal junction box.
  • Add the light socket at the top of the incubator.
  • Install and wire the thermostat and fan. Use 3 ½” bolts to keep the thermostat off the wall of the incubator.

  • Design the egg rack with PVC and egg rack. Cut the bottom out of all the egg holes in the tray.
  • Install the racks in the center of the incubator.

  • Mark the center and use a paddle bit to bore holes for the ½” pvc pipe. Take some pvc pipe and caps to make swivel pieces. Put the cap on one end and slide the pipe through the hole and into the tee of the rack.

  • Connect the 2 racks together with a wooden paint stirrer. Bolt the stirrer to the top and the bottom rack.

  • Install 2 screws behind the tee, drill a hole in the tee big enough for the screw head to go through.
  • Your DIY incubator is ready for doing some serious business….. Hatching eggs!!

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