Open Source Chicken Incubator Continued – Hexahatch v2.0

Marcin takes us into the OSE One Room Schoolhouse and this time explains how to build a chicken incubator in which 107 eggs can be placed. This is evolution of our previous work from last year, where we go from a forced-air to a still-air, automatic egg-turning incubator. This 8 minute video shows how to build the aptly named Hexahatch v2.0:

We will now put what we’ve learned in this lesson into practice and report back with the results later. See the link to the Hexahatch 2 page on the wiki for parts sourcing, and the CAD of the incubator at OpenPario.


  1. Abe

    We just let the hens hatch our eggs. Sure, they don’t have perfect hatch rates, but it is far cheaper, and uses no electricity!

    Also, I think it is important to breed chickens that can set on eggs. And chicks that are hatched by the hens tend to be healthier and live longer than our incubator chicks.

  2. Chuck

    Sounds like a great way to increase your flock quickly. I’m looking forward to the update on this project.

  3. Rasmus

    I am about to read “The Human Powered Home” by Tamara Dean. Given the small amount of rotation needed for Hexahatch, I wonder if the motor could be replaced by some mechanical way to store the energy. Like and old-school wind-up alarm clock, just bigger.

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