I have a Hovabtor 1588 for Incubating, now what to get for a hatcher?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Framac, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It something like a still air little giant or Hovabator fine, or should I go with a circulated air model. Let me know you thoughts.

    Thanks,

    Chris
     
  2. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard that still air is better for hatchers because they won't dry the eggs out as much as circulated.
     
  3. champer

    champer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had the same question. My thought is that another forced air bator allows the option of using it as a second bator, as well as hatcher, just seems it allows more versatility that way.
     
  4. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the posts. Does anyone else have any other opinions?

    Chris
     
  5. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a hovabator 1602n with a fan & it seems to dry out the chicks when they start to hatch so this time I have unpluged the fan, went into lockdown today, I can let you know how it went in about 3 days.
     
  6. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be great. I am not setting anything for a few weeks, but would like to have something and have it running for a bit before I use it.

     
  7. Fly Fisher

    Fly Fisher Out Of The Brooder

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    I have hatched from both still air and forced air. I prefer the still air Bators for hatching. They keep the moisture better than forced air models and my hatches always go smoothly. When I have used the forced air model there was always problems with late hatchers getting shrink wrapped and struggling more than they had to.
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    That's why with forced air, you need to up the humidity to 70% and keep it that way.
     
  9. Fly Fisher

    Fly Fisher Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree getting the humidity up at lockdown is a priority in still or forced air bators. But if you have a sluggish hatch with most chicks coming on day 21 or later it is doubtful that the humidty will stay up and consistent in a bator with a fan.
     
  10. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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