Aug
21
2012
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DIY Incubator Egg Turner – Video

Here’s a video of the Egg Turner running at full speed.

I definitely need to slow it down!

Written by John in: Electronics,Incubator,Projects |
Aug
20
2012
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DIY Incubator Egg Turner

After a recent disaster when a broody chicken stopped being broody before the eggs hatched, I’ve decided to build a fully automated incubator.

The incubator will include:

  • Temperature Control
  • Humidity Control
  • Automatic Egg Turning

The first step was to find a suitable enclosure so that the size of the Egg Turner could be determined. I decided to use a plastic storage box as this should be easy to clean after use. The plastic box will end up inside a plywood box for insulation.

I determined that based on the size of the box, I should have the space to turn 30 eggs in three rows of 5×2 eggs.

A few quick tests of Radio Control Servos quickly proved that they had enough torque and stroke to turn the eggs so an old Hitec servo was chosen as the drive system.

I got hold of some aluminium corner, a rivet gun and a few other essentials and in no time (actually about 20 hours) had it working.

I didn’t take any photos of it prior to completion, but here are some photos of it completed.


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Written by John in: Electronics,Incubator,Projects |
Nov
25
2011
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More new chicks

At the end of October we put six fertile eggs underneath our broody Bantam hen and a couple of days ago they started to hatch.

We ended up with three of the six eggs hatching – they’re all Black Australorps. We’ll have to wait a couple of months before we can confidently tell which sex they are.

Written by John in: Hen House,Incubator |
Nov
06
2011
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Chicks – 7 Weeks old

The chicks we incubated are now seven weeks old.

It looks pretty clear to us that the two Black Australorps are Males while the Blue Australorps are Female.

The Males are for sale or swap if anyone is interested.

Written by John in: Hen House,Incubator |
Oct
16
2011
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Chicks – 4 Weeks Old

We let the chicks outside again today. We managed to find a number of worms while gardening and it seems the chicks definitely have a taste for them.


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Written by John in: Hen House,Incubator,Projects |
Oct
09
2011
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Chicks – First time outdoors – 3 Weeks Old

We wrapped some chicken wire around our outdoor table and let the chicks out today.

They seemed to enjoy themselves. (more…)

Written by John in: Hen House,Incubator,Projects |
Oct
06
2011
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Chicks – 18 Days Old

I never realised quite how fast chickens grew. This is only six days since my last post with a picture of them!

Written by John in: Hen House,Incubator,Projects |
Sep
30
2011
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Chicks – 12 Days Old

Our four chicks have been in a cat carrier cage for the first 10 days of their lives. They grow like crazy and it was soon time to move them to a bigger home.

I made up a 1500 x 900 x 600mm (5′ x 3′ x 2′) frame out of some 50 x 50mm (2″ x 2″) timber and covered the sides and top in chicken mesh. We placed it in our basement on a cardboard and plastic floor (cardboard for insulation).

Have you ever tried to get four baby chicks to pose?

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Written by John in: Hen House,Incubator,Projects |
Sep
25
2011
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Chicks – 1 week old

We ended up getting four chicks from the eggs we purchased.

We purchased 12 eggs, here are the stats: (more…)

Written by John in: Hen House,Incubator |
Sep
19
2011
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First Chick Hatched

We’ve been incubating some eggs since the 28th August. The first egg hatched right on schedule (day 21) yesterday.

The egg "Pipped" about 1pm on day 21


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Written by John in: Incubator,Projects |