Fan on during lockdown?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by harleyjo, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Hova Bator that I added a 4 inch personal fan that just sits inside the incuabator. It definately helps keep that temp stable. So I assume that I turn off the fan during lockdown. If I don't I know that the chicks can get their beaks in it.
     
  2. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you think they will get caught up in it then yes its best to turn it off.
    Just keep an eye on your temps as they can fluctuate after you turn off the fan.
    Good luck on your hatch.
     
  3. matlock585

    matlock585 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I'd try to build a screen cage to go over the fan and leave it in. It will help the humidity stay under control. Once they start hatching your humidity will spike, if you can't regulate it the ones that hatch later will get stuck.
     
  4. BeckyandHerBrood

    BeckyandHerBrood Out Of The Brooder

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    I wouldn't worry about turning it off. I have hatched twice in my LG with added computer fan. I actually found that it was easier to keep the humidity stable without the fan on (slows down evaporation). I turned it off at lockdown and then watched the temp for a few hours (it will go up as the evaporation slows down).
     
  5. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remove all eggs to a still air incubator for hatching and have never had a stuck chick.
    Humidity will increase alot when chicks start to hatch from respiration.
    Make sure you have any plugs open, it will help air circulate.
     
  6. Rbl4life

    Rbl4life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if the humidity is too high will they get stuck?
     
  7. BeckyandHerBrood

    BeckyandHerBrood Out Of The Brooder

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    If I am not mistaken humidity at lockdown is essential. Chances of a chick getting shrink wrapped from low humidity are way better than them getting stuck from higher humidity. Am I right in this assumption?
     
  8. Rbl4life

    Rbl4life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i sure hope so because im sitting at about 74 percent
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My humidity is usually around 70% to 75% during lock down.
     
  10. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone post a photo. of the windows in a hovabtor that is at the right humidty level, I would like to see how much moisture is on the glass.
     

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