Anyone attach a UPS/Battery back-up to their incubator system?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MobyQuail, May 10, 2011.

  1. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

    Sep 10, 2010
    I have an extra APC UPS and was going to test this, but was wondering if anyone already uses a battery backup system on their incubator?
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Quote:I had one for a bit on my Rcom...I'm a geek. I admit it.

    Big problem is that you have to have a sizable unit for it to be able to help very long, due to heat being so inefficient, but it'll buy you some time. What I've found over time is that the incubators will hold for hours even off, and that they can be down at room temps for hours and still have no ill effects. Mamas leave the nests for long periods sometimes. Nature is amazing.

    If you leave them closed, they hold onto the heat, and the interior temp of the egg is higher than the air temp. Unless you need a full 24 hours or more, it's really not worthwhile...unless you have a big UPS hanging around your server doesn't need!
  3. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

    Sep 10, 2010
    nope just a lil 600, but any time it buys is a better time compared to it sitting in the garage being bored. <hello> fellow geek [​IMG]
  4. dgecko

    dgecko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2011
    nope I have a generator as a backup. After all if the power goes out if you think your incubator will cool off a blanket can be put around it to help hold the heat. Not to worried about lack of heat in Florida. Seems most chicken owners also have other animals or pets I think having losts of fresh water ready for use is inportant. This is another thing my generator backups. Funny thing before I got the generator power would go out a lot during our storm months but with having the gen. it seems the power outage is zip. YEA I know its just a matter of time
  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Quote:Yes, my husband sells power conditioning equipment an I have a sizeable one that is on standby for my incubator and hatcher. We have frequent outages where I am and I got tired of losing eggs.

    It is on the left.

  6. WVChickNboots

    WVChickNboots Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2015
    My Coop
    Pips&peeps, is there a link to purchase such backup power sources?

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