Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Incubator

I have been looking for an incubator. Most of the expense in the chicks I raised to sell this year was from buying the chicks, so if I could hatch the eggs from my own flock, I'd save a lot of money - though I'd have a lot more roosters to sell too. Today my friend Martha emailed me to say she saw a free incubator on CL.

Free Humidaire Incubator, drum type, good for parts, or you can use it as is. I am out of the chicken business and just want it gone.

I called him up, he said come and get it, it was even close to home. I had no idea what I was getting.

It barely fit in the van!

One one side is a motor and control boxes, and it looks like it slowly rotates the drum back and forth to move the eggs.

A couple fuses and a mercury switch

No idea what this is, but I recognize an angry nest of yellowjackets when I see them!

Inside is a fan, and above that the racks for the egg trays, which came with it, I just took them out to move it.

What a bizarre contraption! The power cord was cut, and it's been sitting in the weather a while, but it looks pretty good. I can't wait to play around with it and see if I can get it working again.


Anonymous said...

My private MacGyver says that is a timer with a bunch of yellow jackets... Have fun playing with it. If you need help, I can send hubby your way for plane fare and meals...


P.S. I'll need him back... hahahahahaha!

Revalani said...

I'd say you got much more than you bargained for. Showed your post to my husband, an electrical engineer, and he wondered what the cloud of steam/smoke was, coming out of the device in the second picture. I had to point out that it was a dog. A very curious dog!

Reva (newbie on PDXBackyardChickens)

StefRobrts said...

I guess they DO kind of look like clouds :) Yes, they were terribly curious about it.

I think it's pretty neat, I'm just not sure what it will take to get it going again.

Amy Manning said...

Wow! Looks like it would give my Little Giant incubator a run for its money.