Chicken Egg Incubators: Can I Make My Own? Should I?
One of the questions that always comes up, is “can I make my own chicken egg incubator?” And the answer is, “yes , you certainly can make your own”
However, I would add to that, why would you want to? I know the main reason would be cost savings. However, I would not want to take the risk. And here is why.
Chicken Egg Incubators: Making your own can be dangerous
- Is it worth your life or loss of property?
- Would you be able to sleep at night knowing you cobbled together something that might kill you.
- Incubating eggs have to be kept in a close temperature range, hard to do with a home-built incubator.
- DIY incubator may cost you more in the long run in electricity costs and lost eggs
Most homemade incubators are made out of Styrofoam coolers. Heat and Styrofoam do not mix. Polystyrene [Styrofoam] is classed as a “B3” product meaning highly flammable or easily ignited. Most building codes say Styrofoam has to be covered with a 1 hour fire barrier IE: 1/2 inch think drywall. It burns rather well and gives off harmful chemicals to boot.
To build an chicken egg incubator they often use a curly bulb or standard light bulb. I can not count the times that a curly bulb as mis-fired on me and would not start, but just sit there and spark. Even incandescent light bulbs fail. The bulb may heat up too much and cause the foam to melt and cause a fire. Incubators have to keep a temperature close to 100 degrees. To do this the light has to click off and on many times an hour. I saw one online that was turning off and on about every two minutes. Do you really want to be sleeping at 2:00 am and know that a problem may be ticking in your garage or back room? I am not trying to be melodramatic. People die every year from unsafe Christmas lights, this in my opinion falls in the same category. It is just not worth it to risk your life and the life of others to save a few bucks.
How much are you really going to save anyway with the light turning off and on every few minutes for 21 days to hatch your eggs? What you save on an incubator, you will spend on electricity. You certainly will lose money on eggs that did not hatch as the temp and humidity have to be constant.
Below is an image of a still air incubator, which is the type that most DIY people would make. Click on the image and read the reviews. It is not pretty. Now this is a company made incubator like the ones DIY people make. They just do not work very good.
If you still want to try, you can go ahead and purchase this one for less than 50.00, at least you probably will not burn your house down in the process of hatching eggs. Even though your hatching results will be less than optimal.
If you still want to make your own, the video below shows a typical DIY egg incubator. Please at the very least install a fire alarm over the incubator and make sure you can hear it go off.
But in my opinion you would do much better reading our chicken egg incubator reviews and making a buying decision there. I hope this has helped you, I just do not think it is worth the risk to DIY.