To DIY incubator or not to DIY incubator

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To DIY incubator or not to DIY incubator

Postby mental-tree » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:52 pm

Hi guys,

When it comes to incubating eggs, do DIY incubators work ok or is it best to buy a proper incubator like the Exo-Terra http://www.reptilecity.co.za/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=28&products_id=1023 ? Could build an incubator for a fraction of the price but would rather spend the money if it will be the better option.

Share your thoughts and experiences :)
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Re: To DIY incubator or not to DIY incubator

Postby Lillypod » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:10 pm

I've heard of many people using DIY incubators with no issues. I've only incubated corn snake eggs and that was with a DIY incubator, worked well.
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Re: To DIY incubator or not to DIY incubator

Postby Eyelash » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:13 pm

To be completely honest, you'd be wasting your money buying an incubator like that. I'd rather get a nice broken fridge and convert it. It will work out cheaper even with a top notch thermostat added and will allow you to pack more clutches in when compared to the "proper incubator". I have two self made incubators and I've never had a seconds issue with them.

I hope it helps.

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Re: To DIY incubator or not to DIY incubator

Postby Martin Odd » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:24 pm

I have a few snakes on display at a certain theme park, and a few years ago the snakes belonged to another person. He wasn't around, and I had to learn the hard way how to look after them. Amongst them was a pair of normal Ball Pythons. I included them occasionally in the bird shows I was doing at the park, rotating them through the year, and was quite surprised to see them locked together one day. I wasn't expecting anything from it, but after a few people in the know told me Florence was gravid, and a trip to Dr. Oakly who confirmed that she was pretty close to laying, I was forced to make an incubator "just in case". I bought a fish tank, with a fish tank heater, put a brick in it and sat a tub with some vermiculite on the brick at 29 degrees with a thermometer. (Mixture of Google and advice from friends). Florence laid 3 eggs and a slug and into the tub they went. Two of the eggs went mouldy and I lost them, when the 3rd showed signs of mould, the only thing I could think of was to sprinkle foot powder on the egg, and that cleared the mould up. I shone a small torch through the egg, and I could see all the blood vessels developing (like candling a bird egg.) Much to my surprise on about day 74, I opened the tub to do my daily egg check, and their was a little face peering out! She's named Claire, and I still have her. She ate from her first shed, and will always be my favourite snake!

We asked the owner of the snakes to take them back which he did, including the two Ball Pythons (baby stayed with me) and I have bought my own ones, and while breeding is not my priority, if I do get eggs again from some of the smaller species, the fish tank is waiting.
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Re: To DIY incubator or not to DIY incubator

Postby ClintonT » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:17 am

DIY incubators work just fine. There are many successful breeders using DIY incubators with no hassles.
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Re: To DIY incubator or not to DIY incubator

Postby mental-tree » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:48 am

Then it's settled, will build a DIY incubator. Will start off with a polystyrene box and then move onto the old fridge that is standing in the garage collecting dust. Thanks for the input guys.
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Re: To DIY incubator or not to DIY incubator

Postby Bushbaby » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:35 am

I've hatched from cornsnake eggs right up to carpet python eggs in a DIY incubator as well. Polybox with a glass fishtank inside and using a fishtank heater to heat the water. Just make sure about your temperatures before you pop any eggs in there.

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