Building an Incubator for Queen Rearing

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  1. Capt44

    Capt44 New Member

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    I am building an incubator for rearing queens and there isn't a lot of information out there.
    A lot of research this is my gang plan.
    I built it out of 3/4 inch Birch plywood 23 inches long X 16 inches tall x 15 inches wide and sealed inside and out with polypropylene.
    I installed a fan forced heater (100 watt) with digital thermostat from Incubator warehouse.com
    The door has 2 panes of glass making a 5/8 inch gap to be an insulator.
    I plugged it up and set the thermostat at 92.3 degrees F and it heated up to that point and held.
    I am going to put 1/2 inch foil backed insulation in tomorrow.
    I will have a pan of water in the bottom with a vent to the outside to regulate the humidity which has to be 80-90%.
    I'm going to try and add some pictures.
     

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  2. Yankee11

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    Looks good capt. I hope it works, I may need some queens:smile:

    This is Yankee11(Steve) in Cabot. This is the forum I was telling you about.

    That is the same kinda bator I built and the only thing I found was I had bad condensation build up on the glass when Humidity would
    start hitting around 60%. But, I was doing chicken eggs and temp was at 99. not 90-93. I has to put a piece of styrofoam over glass. But
    I see you have double glass so may not be an issue.

    That thermostat works great. Will keep temps within 2/10s of a degree. I hatched some chicks out in Dec. in the garage and outside temps were
    in the 30's. Hatched 19 out of 24 eggs. Thats a huge hatch rate.
     

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    What are you going to do about the honeybees need to fly to eliminate their waste?
     
  4. mdunc

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    You only put the capped queen cells in the incubator. You use the "hair roller" style cages so that the queens hatch out in the roller cage & can't fight or kill one another. Then you just take them out & put in your mating nucs. Of course I haven't done any of this yet...just been reading & thinking of doing it myself.:smile: