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We received an incubator for Christmas this year! It came a little early which was really nice. We found a local farmer that had fertile eggs for sale at a great price. The timing was perfect to have little chicks hatching on Christmas day. Some of the eggs were a day or 2 older than others when we purchased them so we’ve got a few chicks left to hatch. This video shows the first 4 chicks. We have 8 total now and 2-3 more should hatch. Hopefully, there will be 2 or 3 roosters. We would like to have more fertile eggs to make sure we can raise enough chickens to feed a dog and a kiddo.

(Strangely, this video is slightly chopped at the bottom. It appears fine on my youtube page but not when viewed by other users. I will look into getting it corrected. If the video is not attached to the emails, you can see it here.)

Yes, it’s a green greenhouse. The bell pepper green paint is really bright but looking great. The vent window frames are going on and then the paneling to finish it out.

Super Green

Greenhouse Specifications:

  • 8′ x 8′ x 8′ (peak of roof)
  • Wood structure, paint for sealant
  • Polycarbonate “Tufftex” panels with 90% light transmission
  • Decomposed granite floor (high silicon dioxide, to work as a thermal sink)
  • Passive radiant floor heating using solar collector (PEX tubing with 3/4″ foam-core, aluminum reflective barrier)
  • GWDeveloper Urban Greenhouse Controller
GWDeveloper Urban Greenhouse Controller on Renesas RX62N

Urban Greenhouse Controller

  • Plug-and-play operation using regional ET data
  • Configurable Sensor Array
    • Humidity
    • Temperature
    • Barometric pressure
    • Wind direction & speed
    • Daylight collected
    • pH & EC
    • Vent and door positions
    • Water flow rate
  • Hardware Control
    • Vents
    • Exhaust Fans
    • Misters
    • Irrigation
    • Aquaponics
  • User Input
    • Touchscreen display in greenhouse
    • Web accesible controls via wireless access point

My electronic specifications may be slightly changed due to the cost of sensors and linear servos. Most sensors will operate on the I2C bus while a few will have simple ADCs.  I will probably find a different method of opening and closing the vents as well.