Still air or fan? You're the pros!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by clayhill, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. clayhill

    clayhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am about to take the plunge and buy a small incubator. Of the two available close by, one is still-air which seems to be a good quality product, the other is styrofoam with fan. I plan to have egg turner also, but would like to know which would be more productive - fan or not?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Fan, hands down. MUCH better hatches in a circulated air bator, overall.
     
  3. Shanay235

    Shanay235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with speckledhen.............get one with a fan.

    I love my Tophatch!! Auto turner, fan, tech temp. control. My hatch rate has never been better.
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Get the fan!
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Get the incubator with the fan. You wont regret it.
     
  6. gapeachy

    gapeachy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about adding a pc fan to a little giant? would that work?
     
  7. macnugget

    macnugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes it will work just fine and I did it with my lg and had 100% hatch and stable temp the whole time


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  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    I have no problems with my still air but you have to be aware of the temperature layering and measure the temp from many different places in the bator if you have alot of eggs. A fan keeps the temp much more even and stable so if you have the money I would get one.

    PC fans have been used but I don't think it's as good as the built in fan unless you know what your doing. If you really know what your doing though and watch the temps and humidity closely you could probably do better than the built in fans. I debated trying to stick a $1 small pc fan in there but like I said I've had no problems with my still airs so I haven't been motivated to experiment.
     
  9. gapeachy

    gapeachy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a friend gave me a still air LG I have had it running 1 day now....got a sponge with water....8 of my dh gamebird eggs in there....temp is 104 and humidity is 48%....is that too high temp?.....I am just playing around with this trying to learn about incubating....I bought a hovabator 2362N that is comming this week....it has a fan and turner....I hope it does good....if so maybe I will graduate to a sportsman for christmas
     
  10. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    A little high. The lg temp knob is very very touchy though so if you only want to go down 2 degrees you have to just barely bump it. If you can feel it move it's probably changed too much. It took me 2 days to get mine to sit at 101-102 like you need for a still air.
     

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