Want to hatch your own chicken eggs? Then you need a broody hen or an incubator!
If you’ve been raising chickens for a while, you might be considering hatching chicks in an incubator. That can be a fun project for the entire family.
Unlike broody hens, you can use incubators at any time of the year. They allow more eggs to be hatched and is easier to get! While store-bought incubators are convenient and offer additional features, building your own homemade incubator can yield excellent results.
Name brand incubators can cost as much as $200. A DIY styrofoam egg incubator costs less than $100. If you can re-purpose some materials already found in your home, then you can have one that’s even cheaper.
Now there are lots of DIY styrofoam egg incubator tutorials out there, but quite a number may be too complicated to follow. The tutorial we have linked for you below is one of the simplest yet definitely effective DIY egg incubators you can find. It’s perfect for those trying to hatch their own chickens’, ducks’, or other poultry eggs for the first time!
If you’re making this DIY incubator, follow the easy steps in the tutorial provided and let us know how it goes. We’d love to hear from you!
You’ll need these materials:
- 1 Styrofoam Cooler with Lid
- 1 Light Socket with Cord
- 1 Dimmer Switch (for table lamps)
- 8×11 Glass or Plexiglass
- Wood Glue
- 40 watt Light Bulb
- Small Plastic Fan
- Small Bowl of Water
And these tools:
- Utility Knife
- Pencil Marker
Click on any image to start the lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.
Thanks to The Empowered Mom for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here…