adding fan to hovabator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Fluffy-Butt-Farms, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Fluffy-Butt-Farms

    Fluffy-Butt-Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    ok, i have a still air hovabator, and am thinking of adding a fan...

    has anyone every added a computer fan to one? do i need a power pack to do it?

    any suggestions would be helpful. thanks.
  2. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
    middle tenn
    ebay. 30 bucks wire it to the thermostat
  3. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
  4. Magnum_D

    Magnum_D Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2009
    Springfield Missouri
    It will have instructions with it. If I can recall all you need to do is run the power wire to the incubators power, ground to ground, and I can recall if it has a accessory or not. It's not all that bad. I remember just splicing in the cables and putting the electrical caps back on.
  5. Painted Spirit

    Painted Spirit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2009
    Quote:I ordered one like that on ebay - I think I paid 20 bucks plus shipping (lucky night!) and yes, even a non-electrically inclined person can install it. It was easy to clip into the right wires - no incorrect way to install it. I'm really happy with mine it holds the temp perfectly and helped dry the chicks after they hatched.
  6. Madcap621

    Madcap621 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I got 2 computer fans from my old computer, baught a dc adapter and connected them [$15.00] and put in area provided [upside down to make a baffle. NO previous electrical experience - works great.
  7. tgcole

    tgcole Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2008
    Jacksonville, AL
    Hello, FluffyButt. I have a hovabator equipped with a computer fan as well as one that came with a factory installed fan. I can't tell any difference except the hovabator fan cost $30 and the used computer fan was $2 at a computer repair shop. The computer fan will generally be designed to run on 12 volts, so you will need an appropriate power supply. The same computer repair guy gave me one from a junk computer. The fans are identical in size and appearance. The holes in the fan and top of the bator even lined up. The only down side I've seen is you have an extra power cord for the fan, but it can save you some $$$ Good luck,

  8. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
  9. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think IF you do a SEARCH here on BYC, you will find all you need to know about adding a computer fan to this incubator.

    search for "computer fan"

    Give it a try.

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  10. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Personally, I would just buy the one that was intended for the Hovabator. But that's just me...I'm tired of fussing with parts that "sort of" fit and would prefer to just bolt something up that was designed to go that way. Anyhoo...

    On the wiring, you want to wire it up so that the fan is constantly on, independent of the thermostat.

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