It is possible to make a homemade incubator in Kenya using readily available materials. Here is a simple method for making a basic incubator:
- Cardboard box (large enough to accommodate the number of eggs to be incubated)
- Plastic bowl
- Incandescent bulb (40-60 watt)
- Thermostat or thermometer
- Aluminum foil
- Water container
- Duct tape
- Wire mesh
- Cut a hole in the top of the cardboard box, large enough to fit the plastic bowl.
- Attach the wire mesh to the hole using duct tape to prevent the chicks from escaping.
- Cut a small hole in one side of the box and attach the thermostat or thermometer. This will help to regulate the temperature.
- Cover the inside of the box with aluminum foil to reflect heat and light.
- Place the incandescent bulb in the water container and cover it with the plastic bowl. This will provide warmth and humidity to the eggs.
- Place the water container and the eggs inside the box, and close the lid.
- Use the thermostat or thermometer to monitor the temperature inside the incubator, and adjust the distance between the bulb and the container to regulate the temperature.
- Add water to the container as needed to maintain the desired humidity level.
It’s important to note that this method is not foolproof, and the success of hatching will depend on careful monitoring and adjustments to the temperature and humidity levels. Additionally, it’s important to ensure that the eggs are fertile and not damaged before attempting to hatch them in an incubator.
If possible, it’s recommended to use a commercial incubator, as they are designed to provide consistent and reliable temperature and humidity levels.