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Old 06-02-2008, 07:33 PM
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can i have some ideas on making an incubator, it will be for wd eggs, or would it just be easier to buy one?
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MUCH cheaper to make your own

I just made mine - there are a few ways to do it but i did it the polybox way.......

You will need a good sized polybox WITH lid, canes, heatmat, thermostat, digi thermometer, hygrometer and egg boxes

Tape the heatmat to underside of the lid, push some garden canes through the side of the box, these will be your shelves, make a small hole for the wire/probes for thermostat and thermometer etc to go through, you'll also need to do this for a heatmat.......job done
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Previously posted by RONST3R
Poly box incubator.
Materials

Polystyrene box
Water proof glue
Picture frame with glass
Piece of fine hole chicken wire mesh cut to size
Piece of net curtain
Four house bricks
Fish tank heater with stat
Dinner plate
Vermiculite
Wax worm containers, or cricket boxes.
Water.

Take one polystyrene box. An animal box that has been ventilated won’t do… it must be air tight. Any tropical fish supplier and they’ll charge you about two quid.

Lid

Get a cheap picture frame. Secure the glass into the frame with a waterproof glue. Heat a knife on the cooker to cut and cut a hole in the box lid just large enough to fit the picture frame into. This gives you your viewing window so that you never have to open the lid and disturb the temps. Worst thing you can do while incubating.

Box.

Upturn dinner plate in the bottom of the box and secure fish tank heater to it

Place one brick on its end in each corner.

Fill box with water to two thirds of way up bricks.

Cover chicken wire with net curtain.

Sit the wire on top of the bricks, but try and stick the ends into the polystyrene at the sides so that there are no baby sized gaps.

Fill each wax worm tub with vermiculite, no need to dampen the box will do that for you, indent with finger.

Before moving from the nest gently mark each egg on the top with a marker pen. Sit one egg into the indentation marker side up. One egg per tub.

Alternately fill a cricket box with vermiculite indent in rows and put several eggs in one tub. I prefer the wax worm tubs.

Some people cover their eggs with a sheet of kitchen roll. This is good because it catches any condensation drips and stops them falling on the eggs…. However the downside of this is that you have to lift the lid to check the eggs and change the paper … personally I wouldn’t use it. The beauty of this system is that from the minute the eggs go in, to the minute they come out, you don’t have to disturb them. Using the separate tubs any ruined (infertile) eggs need not be taken out.

Set heater to required setting and leave eggs to cook.



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thanks i think ill go with the first one though it sound easier lol oh and where cani get a polybox?
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thanks i think ill go with the first one though it sound easier lol oh and where cani get a polybox?
You should be able to get one from a fish supplier
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You should be able to get one from a fish supplier
Yep, ask nicely and they should give you one ....even better
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ok thanks whatlike at a supermarket fish counter?
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ok thanks whatlike at a supermarket fish counter?
No your better going to an aquatic shop, as they get their fish deliveries in big poly boxes - if you go to a fishmonger etc then the box will prob STINK as they often put fresh fish straight into the box and pack with ice....don;'t think you'd appreciate a fish stinking room
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k thanks again
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mine would be similar to MUMMYBEARS but a lot simpler - polybox, 2 house bricks, fish tank heater and a thermometer with a probe.

place bricks in the poly box on their sides, fill with water to just below level off bricks then put you fish tank heater in and set to the required temp.

obviously you set this up before hand so you can adjust fish tank heater to get the right temp, then place your tupperware box or similar on top of bricks and keep an eye on temps.
open lid once a week to circulate air and check on eggs - simple
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