How much do you spend on hatching???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mycookoonest, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. Mycookoonest

    Mycookoonest Songster

    May 29, 2008
    Hudson Valley NY
    I'm very curious to know if my 2 bators and 2 brooder bulbs have cost me a ton in electric or if maybe I need to turn off a tv, or a light or maybe look into solar... I have to laugh because when we opened the electric bill the bill went up a full $100 YIKES [​IMG] and all I could think of is... well the babies need to be at 100 degrees in that bator... we are also convinced since the brooders are in the same room as the thermostat the AC has been on overdrive! Not to mention the cost of eggs and shipping... My little hobby has become a serious hobby!!!!!!! Oh my if I had only known! [​IMG]
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Hmmm...last I heard a brooder light only costs $5 or so a month to run. And my kids leave the lights on all the my bator (maybe other types are different) don't consume that much elec. At least, I haven't seen a spike in the bill like that! Maybe you have a surge somewhere.
  3. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    I haven't even noticed a difference in our power bill since I started incubating and brooding. I tend to lean toward maybe you have a surge going on somewhere. Maybe try putting a fan blowing toward the A/C thermostat if you notice it kicking on more than you would like. That way it would keep the thermostat cooler so there for it would't kick on as much. Just make sure you double check your bator temp and make sure that doesn't make it fluctuate too much. Just a suggestion. I know the bathroom we keep our bator in gets WARM if I close off the vent so I am sure if our thermostat were in there it would be running all the time!
  4. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    only cost me 18$ for hatching

    i got my incubator as a gift so that was free.. all i needed to buy was the heat lamp = 10$

    And 25lbs bag chick feed = 8$

  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Big Brooder Light - 250 watt
    250 watts x 24 hours x 30 days = 180 KW Hours x $.18(KW rate here) = $32.40 per mth

    Average Bator with fan
    60 watts and heater turns on and off = 43.2KW = $7.77 per mth

    Reptile Brooder bulb - My Favorite for 20 chicks - 80 watts - $10.60 per mth

    Average AC Unit - 8000 BTU - Running 75% of time - $100 per month

    We have some of the highest energy rates in the country here.

    It would cost you at least $10,000 for a solar system to run the AC alone.

    Turn the AC up a few degrees. Your chickens will never know. Turn of a few

    Be Conservative and conserve. [​IMG]

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