A Simple Plan for an Incubator
You will need:
1 x Insulated box (Can be self-constructed, esky, old bar fridge, etc.)
1 x Eyelet screws or hot glue gun and glue for securing heat cord.
STEP 1.Â Make sure that your incubator will be well insulated and very clean.Â This is especially true if you are using an old fridge as these may contain fungal spores that could kill off your clutch.
STEP 2.Â Thread the probe of the thermostat through a pre-drilled hole in the wall of the incubator.Â If using an old fridge, cut a section out of the door seal to thread through as some old fridges may contain asbestos in their casing.Â Position probe centrally.Â Having a shelf in the middle of your incubator can make this easier.Â See figure 1.
STEP 3.Â Thread heat cord through a second pre-drilled hole and attach to the wall and floor of the incubator.Â Zig zag up and downsides and position with either eyelet screws or heated glue.Â See figure 2.
STEP 4.Â Place thermometer inside incubator and plug heat cord into thermostat.Â Set required temperature on the thermostat and run for a few days before use.Â Adjust temperature if needed.
STEP 5.Â Place lidded boxes of eggs (sitting in an appropriate medium) inside the incubator.Â Different eggs will require different needs so speak to a breeder or email us.
NB. If making a large incubator, consider using a small fan to move heated air around in the larger area.
All your heating, temperature gauges and thermostats can be purchased from Ultimate Reptile Suppliers.
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