The tray mounts up on the inside of the brooder. To install, slide up against inside wall and then down. To Adjust the humidity level, vary the height of the cross arm holding the wash cloth. By varying the height you also vary the surface area of wash cloth exposed to the air for evaporation. Therefore a measure of humidity control can be achieved.
This is the standard tray provided with the Chick Chalet . For best humidity control available, consider the digital humidity control for use with Chick Chalet II's.
This is one of the most misunderstood features we offer. When we first designed the Chick Chalet series we had a drawer that slid in the top that would hold water. We quickly found that just a water tray did not provide enough surface area for evaporation and the as a result the tray performed poorly.
But wait... that's how the other brooders did it - how come ours performed so poorly? After further research we found out that the other brands of brooders didn't perform any better in adding moisture.
This is what started us on the path that ended up with our digital humidity control that works so well. But we also found that a water tray with a washcloth that dipped into the water - acting as a wick - would provide a huge amount of surface area to evaporate and achieved the goal of adding humidity (or water or moisture).
The next step was to make the bracket that holds the wash cloth adjustable so the amount of surface area could be varied. This achieved approximately a 15% swing in humidity from it's lowest setting to it's highest. Normally from 35% to 50% humidity in the brooder - but these numbers can vary based on temperature, ambient humidity and other factors.
This whole system was very effective and easy to use. The water tray is easily removed. It is dishwasher safe. The washcloth is easily replaced when it "gunks up" with mineral deposits. Which is nice - no special pad or humidity block to hunt down.
Some people have raised an objection to the water tray being accessible to the birds in the brooder. My opinion one this is that if the baby birds are that mobile they are too old to still be in the brooder - they should be in a starter cage by that time.
A water tray that is visible is more likely to be cleaned and sanitized. A drawer hidden in the top puts the water (and all the gunk standing water accumulates) out of sight and out of mind. Except the birds are breathing the air anyway.
This standard humidity tray ended up being a great performing feature of the Chick Chalet brooder. Easy to use and clean.
I noticed these pictures at the top of this page are very old. I'll get them updated one of these days. Our brooders today are a crisp white ABS plastic.
$1199.00 GB-1 Digital Gamebird Incubator. Hi/low temperature alarms, Digital Temperature and Humidity Control, 3 rocking egg trays and room on the bottom to hatch too.
Great for duck eggs, pheasant, quail eggs, chicken eggs. Turkey eggs and peafowl eggs too.
Any need to control the temperature and/or humidity to a preset level between 40 degrees to 105 degrees F can be handled by something in out product line. If you have a use that seems out of the ordinary - shoot us an email - we probably have some solutions for you
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