This step by step tutorial of how to build an inexpensive chicken egg incubator for the homesteader who wants to increase these flock.
Many homesteaders on a budget have found the tried and true inexpensive way to incubate eggs. Using durable styrofoam (overnight food shipping container) box to retain warmth, generated by a gentle heating element controlled by a highly dependable thermostat with humidity gauge (hygrometer). The thermostat can be easily adjusted at small increments to suit varying environments.
A shallow cup of water to the bottom of the incubator supplies a source of moisture to help maintain humidity which is a key factor in egg health. Mesh screen safely supports eggs during hatching period while being surrounded by the ideal temperature of 99.5 degrees.
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