In the Brooder
- May 18, 2011
I have one large cabinet style 360 egg capacity incubator as well as other styrofoams (hova-bator, little giant, and 1 other that is so old its unrecognizable anymore) and i'm wondering how important is the air circulation to my (3 ft. tall, 2.5 ft. deep, 2ft. wide) cabinet style incubator. I have one still incubator (styrofoam, no fan) one forced air (styrofoam, fan on 24/7) and one forced air (strofoam, fan only comes on when element is put to work) and frankly I only use these three as hatchers. Between the three i have noted many pros and cons (depending on eggs size, type of bird etc, etc.) my best hatcher for regular chicken eggs (not bantam) is the forced air, fan on only when element comes on. My best for smaller eggs (bantam, silkie, and other small eggs) is my forced air fan-on 24/7, and then my duck turkey hatcher being my still air. I've come to have a real rhythm using these hatchers and I pretty much do all of my initial growth incubating in my large cabinet style incubator (many types of eggs at one time but only for growth and for hatching they go to their own personal hatcher). Now for reasons of wanting to lower energy use and just down right experimental understanding would anyone see any possible disadvantages to me changing my cabinet incubator from being a 24/7 fan to a intermitten fan (only coming on when element is heating up), I fully understand the need of the fan to be in use to get the heat to all parts of the incubator, element comes on about every tenminutes and lasts for about 40 seconds, anyone with personal experience think that this would be feasible to reach ideal heat circulation and not affect growth rates? or what are your opinions?