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FREE PLAN for a
BIRD EGG INCUBATOR
The plan to build a bird egg incubator is free for your personal use. Building
the bird egg incubator requires basic tools and skills. Egg incubator plans can
be "modified" to suit different egg incubation
methods. Heaters suitable for the incubator can be found on this web site. The
heater can be built into the incubator during construction or used free
bird egg incubator
To build the egg incubator the base is the first piece of
plywood cut to size. The base becomes the guiding template for all other bird egg
incubator dimensions. Measurements used for the incubator base will be decided by
the number of bird eggs requiring incubation.
When the size of the incubator has been determined transfer the
measurements to the base of the incubator. This becomes the guide for all
Egg incubator plan
The sides and roof of the
egg incubator should be from the same plywood panel as the base if the
incubator is to have a varnished finish. Modifications can be made at almost
any point of the free bird egg incubator plan.
A1/A2 are equal but larger to A5/A6 by approx 15%
A3/A4 are equal but larger to A7/A8 by approx
A5/A6 are equal measurements for the
A7/A8 are equal measurements for the
B1 is the minimum height for the incubator +
B2 This is the height of B1 plus approximately
B3 Draw a joining line between B1 & B2 after
B4 These measurements are equal to A7/A8
Bird egg incubator
Superior insulation for the incubator can be
obtained by using heavier plywood panels. A thick plywood will reduce the
heating cost of the bird egg incubator.
B1/B5 . B2/B6 . B3/B8 . B4/B7 are equal sizes
B1/B2/B3/B4 is the the first panel cut and used for template
for the bird egg incubator plan.
B5/B6/B7/B8 are transferred from the template.
C1/C2= to A5 plus twice the thickness of the
C3/C4= measurements to the incubators B1/B5
C5/C6= measurements to A5 plus twice the
C7/C8= measurements to the incubators B2/B6
When selecting the plywood for the build a egg incubator
plan the grade of plywood must be of an exterior grade quality. The plywood for
the egg incubator must not contain any chemicals that produce fumes when the
incubator is heated.
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A1+A2=The ends of the bird egg incubators
A3+A4=The sides of the egg incubators roof
A5+A6=The ends of the incubator base
A7+A8=The sides of the incubators base
B1+B2=The ends of the egg incubator side 1
B3+B4=The sides of the bird egg incubators side
B5+B6=The ends of the egg incubators side 2
B7+B8=The sides of the incubators side 2
C1+C2=The ends of the incubator back
C3+C4=The sides of the bird egg incubator
C5+C6=The ends of the egg incubator front
C7+C8=The sides of the incubator front
Building a bird egg incubator
approximately two inches square ( 50 mm )
is suitable for building a large bird egg incubator.
Small incubators frames are 1 inch (25mm) square.
Timber framing for building a bird egg incubator should be sufficient to
border the inside of the base sides and four corners. Modifications can be made
when building the egg incubator. Guides to position the roof & runners that
keep the incubator off the ground are required.
Plans for a bird egg incubator
When building the bird egg incubator a viewing panel can be left out if
it is not required. The plans for a bird egg incubator has a perspex window but
safety glass can be used as a substitute. Wood glue, galvanized nails and screws
are used for joining the plywood and framing. The roof for the incubator can be
made from clear perspex sheeting or glass. Perspex helps to insulate the egg
incubator. Perspex panels can have the positioning runners fixed with screws or
nails. An incubator glass
roof will require runners that are glued to the surface.
Plans for a egg incubator
The plans for an egg incubator assembly begins with the base of
the incubator. To start building the bird incubator line the outer edges of the
base with frame timber. All the joints and framing of the bird egg incubator
should be glued and nailed or screwed.
Fix the sides to the base keeping the plywood side flush with the
underside of the base. The upright corner pieces are then placed at the side
The back of the bird egg incubator is the next panel fitted. Ensure that the back
plywood sits flush to the outside of the plywood sides and flush to the
Bird egg incubator
The next step is to fit the front of the bird egg incubator with the edges
flush to the sides and base underside. Flush edges for joining panels allows
extra edging to be used at a later date. This will provide "superior heat
insulation" for the small bird egg incubator.
Place the incubators roof in a position that is suitable for the incubator and
fit the roof guides to the underside of the incubator roof. Use spare timber as
runners for floors to prevent incubators loosing heat from ground
When you are happy with the structural strength of the incubator fill any nail
or screw holes and coat with a suitable covering. Painting will also aid
Bird egg incubators must be of sound construction if insulation is to be
effective. Insulating a poorly constructed bird egg incubator doesn't reduce
Painting the incubator with an undercoat and exterior grade paint will prevent
moisture from penetrating. If the egg incubator needs insulation against heat
then a light colored paint should be applied. The reverse is also true.
A menu driven egg incubator with all the necessary
features for bird breeders
The small incubator is easy to use and has a clear display of temperature and
Automatic temperature controls and automatic humidity controls ensure a
successful egg hatch. Alarms are standard features for the small bird egg
incubator. Failure of any setting automatically activates the warning
Small bird egg incubator has automatic egg turning &
is fully programmable. The unique design of the egg incubator allows clear
visibility of the egg incubation.
Our fully automatic small incubator for bird eggs has automatic
control of temperature and humidity.
Egg turning is programmable and can be customized to provide your ideal
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The fully digital 7 bird egg incubator has a modern housing that is easy to
clean. Operating instructions are supplied.
Included is a detailed description of egg incubation plans that are supported
with clear diagrams and pictures.
are designed to safely transport bird eggs in an impact resistant housing that is
capable of withstanding hard falls
Also supplied with the small incubator is internal foam packing to
prevent the bird eggs moving. The packing is washable and has countless holes
impregnated that allows the eggs to "breathe"
thermostat that regulates heat maintains desired incubating
Controls on the small bird egg incubator may be locked to
prevent accidental movement. The portable incubators humidity is
Multiple eggs can be incubated in
small incubator then transported
without interferance to the
& humidity settings
A menu driven egg incubator with all the
necessary features for breeders
The small incubator is easy to use and has a clear display of
temperature and humidity.
Automatic temperature controls and automatic humidity controls ensure a
successful egg hatch. Alarms are also standard features for the small bird
egg incubator. Failure of any setting automatically activates the device.
Small bird egg incubator has automatic egg turning & is fully programmable.
The unique design of the egg incubator allows clear visibility of the egg
Our automatic small incubator for bird eggs has automatic temperature control
& humidity levels.
Egg turning is programmable and can be customized to provide you with ideal egg
The fully digital seven bird egg incubator has a modern housing that is easy to
clean. Operating instructions are supplied and your investment is protected by
Included is a detailed description of incubation plans
that are supported with clear pictures.
Small digital incubators have automatic turning capacity for twenty four
large eggs. Smaller eggs can be incubated.
The small bird egg incubator can operate on preset temperatures. An easy to
use control panel that is accompanied with clear instruction stickers makes
operating the small egg incubator a simple choir.
Clear digital display of temperature and humidity readable
in low lighting is another handy feature.
Small bird egg incubators are covered by a two year warranty. All our valued
customers will also receive a complementary booklet on incubating and
Small incubator suited for strong development of bird embryos
the early stages of egg incubation.
Bird egg Incubators have fast development of embryos
the early stages of incubation.
The humidity in later stages of incubation is critical for a high volume hatch.
Bird egg incubators maintain a level of humidity that is ideal for bird eggs (
excluding exotics )
Incubators that accurately produce nest conditions will always have a higher rate
of success. A small in-built computer system controls aspects of the egg
incubation process. Large digital numbers inform you at a glance the
status of the bird egg incubator.
Small incubators have a cycle that produces an environment imitating eggs in a
Egg turning is completed in multi directional angles and positions. The
frequency of rotation can be adjusted to suit different bird egg
Internal alarms and recorded displays activate if a problem occurs during the egg
BIRD EGG INCUBATOR
Humidity & bird eggs
Modern egg incubators and egg heaters from commercial markets come in a
large variety of shapes and can perform several functions. Some have a facility
built into the small incubator that will produce the correct amount of humidity.
A commercial egg incubator can be a simple container that has a basic heating
system and attractive packaging designed to entice an unsuspecting customer.
This form of incubator often has a simple lamp contained within the incubator
body to provide heating. The egg incubation failure rate for these types of
heating systems is high. Successful incubation of eggs should produce
80% of healthy chicks. A small incubator that relies on a filament light may
only produce a small batch of chicks.
Egg incubator controls
Incubators for eggs are available with a variety of technical features. Top
range incubators will have an array of time saving controls and heating systems
that help to eliminate most human errors. These types of small incubators are
controlled by micro computers and return the highest rate of successful
hatching. Most incubators are designed to incubate the eggs and dry the hatched
chicks. The birds are then transferred to another warm holding area.
Warmer for bird eggs
The level of humidity maintained within the incubator is critical for a
successful hatch. A correct temperature reading must be maintained throughout
Humidity & birds eggs
The loss of a egg weight by evaporation during the incubation period can be up
to 12 percent. A bird may drown in the shell if humidity in the incubator is to
Humidity ventilation and eggs
Egg incubators should have a humid environment within the incubation chamber
that is not to low. If the humidity level is low the membranes of the egg may
dry out and the bird embryo may not be able to rotate within the egg. The bird
egg embryo may also get stuck to the egg.
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Bird egg rotation
Egg rotation is also performed by the nesting bird to remove the egg from
surrounding waste that becomes trapped in the nest. Embryos are repositioned in
areas within the shell that has fresh nutrients. Ventilation is important in the incubation process.
Ventilation & egg incubation
Ventilators for the incubator should be fully opened when chicks emerge from
the egg. The hatched birds can be removed from the egg incubator when they are
dry and have a puffy down. If a bird is removed while still wet death of the
chick may result. A small heater can be placed in the chick containment area to
dry the birds.
Humidity & egg incubation
The chick should be able to walk and appear active shortly after incubation. A
one hour time period would be the shortest time permitted for birds to be left
in the birds egg incubator after hatching and up to twenty four hours maximum.
Dehydration is possible for birds that are left in the egg incubator for
excessive periods. A ventilation system should be used in the final incubation
stage. The humidity level that is maintained during incubation can be reduced
or stopped when all the chicks have hatched.
Ventilation & eggs
Air flow within an egg incubator is important and most vital towards the end of
the incubating period. Proper ventilation also removes the carbon dioxide
within the incubator for bird eggs. The requirements for air increases
as the incubation period progresses. Once the bird embryo starts breathing it
is important to increase and maintain airflows. When adjusting the air flow a
variation in humidity will occur . The air flow must not be compromised while
attempting to balance humidity.
Humidity in a egg incubator
Maintaining the correct balance of humidity while incubating small bird eggs
is easier with a build in automatic humidifying system that simplifies the need
to balance the air flow / humidity ratio.
Ventilation in a egg incubator
Incubation of bird eggs in a controlled humid environment requires a ventilated
incubator combined with a suitable humidity system. The humidity and
ventilation system of the small incubator should be adjustable.
Bird species that dwell in a wet areas loose egg weight at a quicker rate than
birds from dry environments.
An incubator that controls the rate of humidity and allows control of the
ventilation rate will have a high degree of success in bird egg incubating. The
relative humidity of a nest full of bird eggs being incubated by a bird can
have a humidity range of 30% to 50%. This level of relative
humidity will not be achieved by using an artificial heat source alone when
incubating a clutch of eggs.
Warming bird eggs
Humidity may be preserved naturally when eggs are incubated by the bird in a
nest. An artificial incubation method will require the addition of humidity to
the incubator chamber. Control of ventilation and humidity in a birds egg
incubator is required for consistent hatching results. If the humidity level
is too high then the bird egg will not loose enough moisture. A humidity
level that is too low in the incubator will result in eggs that loose excessive
moisture. Humidity in an incubator can be controlled by adjusting the
ventilation system or controlling air flow supplied by a fan or other
Heating bird eggs
To check if the correct level of humidity is being provided to the egg during
the incubating process an egg can be candled to inspect the size of the air
sack. An air sack is formed in all bird eggs. This pocket of air will increase
or decrease during incubation. If the air sack is to large this may indicate
the level of humidity within the bird egg incubator is too low. A
smaller air cell than normal may indicate humidity levels too high when
using egg incubators. Ventilation and humidity controls that are fitted to egg
incubators will need to be balanced for each individual bird species to produce
Operate incubators in the position that is recommended by the manufacturer.
Humidity and temperature levels can be uneven within the bird egg incubator if
it is operated with a tilt. The incubation humidity and temperature distortion
is obvious in still air incubators.
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To build and heat a incubator the materials you use will be the deciding
factor on the useful life of the incubator for eggs. The use of any material
that has been coated or treated with any chemicals that may be toxic should
be avoided. When using tools be sure that the proper safety equipment and
safety procedures are used at all times. Read and understand all instruction
books that are supplied with any tools and always maintain a clean and safe
working area. Never work around children or unrestrained pets or let them in
the work area unsupervised. The free incubator plans are for personal use
only and have tested for strength and operation and to my knowledge they are
correct and accurate. The incubator plans are supplied without warranties and
guarantee and you acknowledge that you use them and operate all tools and
equipment at your sole risk. The choice of incubator plan and any other
building plans found on this web site and the suitability for the chosen
project is entirely your responsibility. You agree to indemnify eggheater
from any claims, damages, personal injuries and expenses in regards to any
building projects and plans found on this web site. All the free building
plans are for personal use.