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wooden incubator question PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by country11187, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. country11187

    country11187 New Egg

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    I have a older wooden incubator with two sides an 2 trays on each side with eggs trays. It is about 2 half feet wide an 18 inches long. Each side has its own thermostat. The HUGE problem im having is the bottom tray is always 5 degrees cooler than the top. there is no fan on the incubator. ive had it pluged in for about 5 hours now an can not for the life of me get it right. also should u never place eggs under the light? I really think i need to just break down and buy a sportman....any opions i am willing to listen to all of them becasue i am out of ideas..thanks a bunch
     
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Without a fan there is no way you will ever equalize the temps, the air stratifies too much. As heat rises, the air above will always be warmer above unless you add a fan, which is what I would do if I were you. Not sure about the light placement, but that would also create a hot spot.
     
  3. country11187

    country11187 New Egg

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    would i wire the fan to come on with the light or constantly run? thank you for all the help. i really like the way the incubator looks jus not sure its pratical its a american lincoln 2 door style.
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I love my Sportsman!!!
     
  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    OK, I can't find a picture of the incubator. Is the light bulb the source of heat? Whether it is or isn't, the answer is the same, the fan should run all the time, so should be wired separately or wired in before the thermostat.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:Do you have a picture of your incubator? [​IMG]
     
  7. chicken_noob

    chicken_noob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can always wire in a small fan from a computer case, they are small, quiet and can move air pretty well. Some even have a speed controller to adjust the speed of the air.
     

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