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DIY Hatcher
Made a hatcher with full humidity control for about £100.

Not very pretty but it works very well indeed.
That looks brilliant! loads of room, I'm megga impressed! <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbup:' />

So come on then............



Where from?

Is there any ventillation? or do you reckon that for hatching only its big enough not to need it?

need to know, it looks ace! <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
The quick recipe...

The box is two inside each other for insulation, two lids screwed together.

Thermostat left, humidity control right, both from Forttex.

Heat element (150 watts so going to be better than most at keeping the temp up) from Solway Feeders, along with the insulators.

Fogger for humidity from Maplins.

Computer fan ebay.

Old mobil phone charger to run fan free, everyone has at least a dozen of these clogging up a draw!

Piece of metal sheet, goes between heater and lid, for obvious reasons.

Cable, pipe and tank connectors, plastic milk bottle, pop bottle and old tupperware container, think thats it.

Fix heat element to centre of lid using insulators and metal plate, then fix fan in the centre of this.

Drill hole through for wires from fan and heater.

Connect fan wires to phone charger (cut off phone jack), connect heater to plug.

Drill another small hole in lid for the temp and humidity probes to go in, near a corner.

Drill two holes about half inch either side of the metal plate for ventilation.

At this point plug in heater to thermostat and it will run without humidity control, cheap version hatcher.

To add humidity wire fogger into humidity control, hole in side of box for wire to pass through for fogger.

Another hole for pipe to connect 1pt milk container to outside res.

You can work the plumbing out for your selves, has to be worked out so that water level over fogger is constant.

Fogger goes into milk bottle, had to work out a bit of cover over it as it was splashing, easy done with another plastic milk bottle.

Water feed is a squash bottle suspended on a bit of wire netting at the right height, as the water is used in the hatcher it is replenished in the same way a waterer works.

Think thats it, simples!
You forgot the most important ingredient Eggs Pekin Eggs and more Eggs <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' /> It looks very good.Will look forward to the results you have with it.
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this is why I love this forum, looks fantastic,
Maiden voyage, only trusted it with ten eggs, 100%.

Second hatch 31 eggs, 29 out and healthy.

Is now in weekly service.

Two more pics as a picture paints a thousand words, underside of lid and the fogger in its non splash roof, just drops inside the other carton.

Please excuse the red metal, pinched a metal sign off an old trailer.
That looks really neat - you're not as daft as you look are you <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />
Thanks for all the info, it looks really good and sounds neat!

I can feel a maga Blue Peter moment coming on.........just need to find some time!
Duplicate post sorry
I love your wall tiles, very fetching.
[quote name='Snapper' date='04 June 2010 - 09:09 AM' timestamp='1275638972' post='195865']

I love your wall tiles, very fetching.


Beautiful aint they, got the same in the kitchen as well (had to go and check first ) <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />

Humidifier now works from the outside, no pots in the hatcher, vapour is just piped in.

Would work if you wanted to add humidity control to any bator, just need to drill a hole through for pipe.
you ain't gonna pass that off a fridge bird!!!

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