We finished the incubator around 10pm last night and it took until 1:45am to get the temperature and humidity levels stabilized and where they should be. The eggs went into the incubator at 1:45am on 12/7/08 for "day 1". Expected hatch date should be early 12/28/08.
We used the directions from "MissPrissy" over at Backyardchickens.com/forum to build our homemade incubator. Our ice chest is the same brand as hers, but looks to be about 1/3 larger. I also had to bump up to a 40 watt light bulb in order to get the temps up high enough. The incubator is so large I could incubate 5 dozen eggs in there at once, easily. Hummmm.
Here's the link to her instructions:
MissPrissy's Homemade Chic Chick Incubator
We were all involved in the making of the 'bator last night. Here's photos!
Pardon the mess in my sewing room. I am in the middle of re-arranging things to make room for my chicks and the incubator!