I’m building a chicken egg incubator! Long story short I moved from NYC to Idaho for a gal. Her father is a farmer, and is in need of a large chicken incubator. The size of incubator he’s interested in sell usually for $900 to $2,000 new and are way out of his budget. Seeing as I love electronics, I offered to help build one. Because minds work better in groups, I’m looking for some feedback on my ideas/design.
The main requirements for the incubator are as follows:
- Keep temperature between 99.5 to 100.0f (99.9f is best).
- Temperature fluctuation of +/- 0.5f is tolerable over short periods of time, however fluctuation of +/- 1.0f over long periods of time can be fatal.
- Humidity should be kept at 58 – 60%. During the last two to three days, while hatching, humidity should be increased to 65%+.
- Eggs must be “turned” roughly +/- 30 degrees five times a day, except for the last two to three days during hatching.
A second Adafruit forum member, jigsawz happened to also be working on a similar project (see the start of his setup above). Follow along, and offer up any advice you might have!