So far, we’ve built a Hexayurt, two Hexacubes, and now we’re adding Hexahatch to our hexaform product line. Hexahatch is a 6-tube, 60 max capacity chicken egg incubator, with automatic egg turning. The construction is simple and symmetric, based on a hexagonal arrangement of the egg-holding tubes:
Frustrated with lack of adequate design from any source out there, we have produced this design, at $50 materials cost ( lower if you have various parts on hand), and we’re ready to build it to meet the needs ofÂ the Open Chicken CSA program mentioned in the last post. The cheapest automatic incubator goes for $80 for half the egg capacity. Moreover, our design is scalable by extending the tube length, at $20 for every 60 egg addition.
The next step is building the thing, and if it works, that will be a great accomplishment for practical, open design. Please let us know if you know of any other open source automatic incubators.