Still air vs forced air

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by corvidae, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. corvidae

    corvidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which do folks like best. I have 2 hovabators (the styrofoam box type ones that hold up to 42 eggs), one with a fan that currently has eggs in lockdown, and another without the fan that will be getting eggs in a couple of days. Am I better off picking up a fan for it, or does it much matter? And, if I use still air, what temp do I set it at? I'm firing it up now to try to get it regulated over the next couple of days so I can set the eggs.
     
  2. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm probably not qualified to answer, as I have never hatched, but I've read that still air is more difficult. I think you are supposed to aim for 101 at the top of the eggs, and 99 at the bottom. Good luck with your hatch!
    I'll try my first hatch in a hova-bator with a fan in another week or so.
     
  3. SilkieCRZYness

    SilkieCRZYness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Set the still air 102 degrees and I would invest in a fan kit for it as well. Then the temp should be at 99.5, which hopefully your other incubator is at currently. Good Luck
     
  4. corvidae

    corvidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, my other has done a good job of maintaining at 99.5. Sunds like I'd do well to go pick up the fan. Sadly, that means I will have to pass the area with the bantam silkies and the little polish chicks I so badly want. I have every confidence I shall restrain myself. [​IMG]
     
  5. chickintexas

    chickintexas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    102 for a still air and 99.5 for a forced air. I use a still air for incubating and a homemade forced air for my hatcher. This go-round, I plan on keeping my batch of eggs in the still air through lockdown. This year has been bad for me when it comes to the switch so the still air they'll stay. Why mess with a good thing? [​IMG] IMHO, if they've been doing good where they're at, why change it? That's my egg hatching philosophy of the year. [​IMG]
     
  6. chickintexas

    chickintexas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I wouldn't be able to keep myself in check if there were Polish chicks involved!
     
  7. Kbagwell1

    Kbagwell1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a newbie to incubating....just put my first set in today. I have a still air and the instructions specifically say 99.5 is where is needs to stay! Are the instructions wrong????
     
  8. chickintexas

    chickintexas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Still air needs to be at 102. What brand incubator did you purchase?? Way wrong answer for still air!
     
  9. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in a still air the air will "layer" it is possible for the top of the egg to be 99 and the bottom 97, thats why most recommend 101 102 but never over 103 @ the top of the egg. I use a hovabator with a fan I installed until lockdown then I unplug the fan during lockdown I cannot prove it but it seems like I have hardly any shrink wrapped this way. Most directions specify 99.5 for forced air and 101-102 for still air
     
  10. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:interesting, i have hova with a fan i installed mid-hatch, and just kept the fan going during lockdown.

    i shoot for 99.5 for the temp

    when you unplug the fan, do you switch your temperature target to the still air numbers?
     

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