hovabator w/pc fan

qhluvr34

Songster
11 Years
Jun 3, 2008
138
2
119
Brazil, Indiana
I added a 110 volt pc fan to my hovabator hoping to improve my hatch rates. My temps use to be around 98-100. Humidity was 50% without sponge, 75-80% with sponge. Now they stay around 102-108 and I cannot get them down! I have turned the temp way way down and it is still running 102. Humidity is 40% without sponge. Also the only place to put the fan was in the back standing up, we put a wire guard around it to keep the chicks out of it as they hatch and dry. The fan runs constantly, should it cycle like the thermastat?
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
23,381
98
351
Adair Co., KY
Quote:I would think the fan is your problem. It is probably generating a lot of heat by itself. You might need to get a smaller fan.
50% is good for the humidity, until it gets time to hatch. Then you could add small pieces of the sponge, to get the humidity to go where you want it.
<edit>You want the fan to run all the time, maybe you could get a dimmer switch to hook the fan up to, so you could turn it down, then it wouldn't generate as much heat.
 
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