Vent Holes on homemade incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickenWendy, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. ChickenWendy

    ChickenWendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read and read through this website but finding a concise answer on the reason for the vent holes is hard. What I want to know is - exactly what are the vent holes for?? Do the chicks as they are hatching need the air?? And if i have a homemade incubator (The Miss Prissy Breadbox Special) and I have 4 - 1/4" vent holes, will that be enough?
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Vent holes are for ventilation of freash air.
    Yes, eggs are porus and embryos need fresh air exchange all the way through the incubation process.
     
  3. ChickenWendy

    ChickenWendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks roosterred for you answer. Now will mine be enough? or do i need to add more or make mine bigger?
     
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    The developing chicks need fresh air and then when hatching the actual chicks will need more fresh air.

    The large sportsman only have 2 one inch holes.

    Matt
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I have 5 holes 1/2" in diameter in my 48 qt cooler bator.

    I cover 2 with tape until day 18, then take the tape off.

    I have no scientific explanation for how much air is actually needed, I just figured its better to have too many and have to put tape on some rather than not have enough. [​IMG]
     

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