Setting Up for Eggs
Place your water dish in the bottom of the cooler. Keep it far enough away from the light bulb so it does not evaporate too quickly. Insert hose through side hole and rest in the water dish. Seal the hole in the cooler with caulking to keep cold air out and the hose secure in the water dish. Leave enough hose outside the cooler to insert a funnel to refill water as needed, without opening lid.
Cut hardware cloth to fit the bottom of the cooler, above the light fixture. Use gloves, as hardware cloth is sharp and cuts easily. Place thermostat on top of the hardware cloth shelf, close to the light fixture. Place the thermometer on the shelf so it is easily viewable from the incubator window.
Slide the broom handle through the holes on either long side. If there are excessive gaps around the handle, partially fill them with caulking. Keep in mind, however, you want to be able to turn the broom handle.
Using zip ties, attach a basket to either side of the broom handle and tighten. You should be able to slowly turn the baskets 45 degrees in either direction without hitting the hardware cloth shelf.
Plug everything in to make sure it all works. Do not leave fan running, except to circulate air or bring down incubator temperature. Leave your new homemade incubator light plugged in over night to verify if temperatures will reach the desired 99-101 degree temperature.