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Kinda OT: Question for Anyone running several Incubators 24/7

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NoSkiveez, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. NoSkiveez

    NoSkiveez NoSkiveez Poultry

    Dec 27, 2009
    Casa Grande
    My Coop
    I'm wondering if your electric bill has shot thru the roof. In the last month or so, I've had a hatching obligation that requires me to run several incubators non stop and my electric bill has gone up drastically and im wondering if it is the heating element.

    I'm running:

    1 Sportman
    1 Forced Air Hovabator
    1 Forced Air Little Giant
    1 Still Air Little Giant
    1 Forced Air TX6
    1 Brower Stacking Brooder

    Would these be effecting my electric bill the way it is? It went from $180 to $325 when we went from the one forced air little giant to all of the others.

    If I'm not mistaken, wafer style incubators and brooders are water heater elements? Am I wrong?
     
  2. teamroper

    teamroper Out Of The Brooder

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    I have found that it's all the brooder lamps that bumped up my electric bill.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I totally agree with teamroper.

    It's one reason why I have purchased and am using a Brinsea EcoGlow brooder, and am buying a second to replace the other brooder lamps.
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011
  4. NoSkiveez

    NoSkiveez NoSkiveez Poultry

    Dec 27, 2009
    Casa Grande
    My Coop
    I do have quite a few brooder lamps running too.
     
  5. horseyjess

    horseyjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh boy i dont need help with the electric bill lol. I have 2 bators and 2 lights running right now OH NO LOL
     
  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 I have a HB and 2 homemade bators running the bill did not change but when you turn on 250 watt heat lamps I met a old fellow who uses smaller brooders ( cardboard boxes) and 40-100 watt regular bulbs after I started doing this the bill went back down
     
  7. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 I have a HB and 2 homemade bators running the bill did not change but when you turn on 250 watt heat lamps I met a old fellow who uses smaller brooders ( cardboard boxes) and 40-100 watt regular bulbs after I started doing this the bill went back down

    x10!!! 250W heat lamps cost a FORTUNE to run 24/7. The electricity used by incubators is negligible in comparison.

    Brinsea's Ecoglow is a fabulous product, but only for up to 20 chicks at a time.

    And yes, large cardboard boxes are fantastic for brooding smaller numbers of chicks.
     
  8. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Quote:Just out of interest...what the maximum egg capacity of them all?? Maximum I have had going is three incubators- and two brooders. I had an electrician friend calculate my usage from the incubators and brooders which only accounted for around 5% of total usage. The calculation was based on 2 incubators and 2 brooders though.
     
  9. NoSkiveez

    NoSkiveez NoSkiveez Poultry

    Dec 27, 2009
    Casa Grande
    My Coop
    They all run at full capacity all the time. There is never really a time that they are not running. I have a buyer that buys pretty much everything I hatch. I'm collecting almost 125 eggs a day so it keeps them full.
     
  10. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    Isn't there a dohickey you can plug things into and then plug into the socket to see what the usage is? Might be helpful to determine the biggest culprit [​IMG]
     

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