Originally Posted by piglett
the bottom of each of the 3 turner racks are made of wire mesh
the plastic racks get hung up when pulling them out
so i went with the cardboard egg "trays"
I had 12 of them and like them because they hold 48 eggs rather than the 30 eggs of a traditional paper mache or plastic tray.
I use the 30 egg trays for extra large chicken eggs and suck eggs. I also have the same size plastic trays that hold 20 eggs for jumbo duck, large turkey and peafowl eggs.
The white ones are great because of the air flow and the pegs permit double stacking with a good size gap between eggs.
If we move to commercial incubation quantities, the more eggs that I can fit in the bator, the better.
The bator I built while I was there last trip holds five rows of two trays. Double stacked it can handle 960 eggs.
The next one will hold five rows of six trays. Double stacked it will hold 2880 eggs. I wont use and mesh in it but aluminum angle bar to support the pegs. This will allow the back trays to be slid forward to remove. This one will use a linear actuator to turn the eggs.
Then all I need is a hatcher thats can handle 1000 ish eggs.
I will produce a page on the making of the bators after my next visit.
My goal is to only hatch those sorts of quantities if and when I have orders for day old chicks. I dont want 1000 chicks in brooders.
So the next consideration is what to do with the eggs that I dont hatch. I have to find a store or two that wants to sell a thousand eggs a week but not consisitently.
Following my first commercial size sale of chicks, I am considering a diesel generator as back up. Our current back up is 3000 amps of truck batteries with a 2000W 220V inverter. It gives us 4-6 hours of run time.