Open Access Journal of Agricultural Research (OAJAR)

ISSN: 2474-8846

Research Article

Development of a Charcoal-Heated Egg Incubator for Family Poultry Farming

Authors: Etoamaihe UJ* and Paul T

DOI: 10.23880/oajar-16000342


The high cost and the epileptic nature of electricity supply in Nigeria has adversely affected the rate of poultry farming which resulted in high cost of poultry products. Hence, the need to have an alternative energy source that is renewable, inexhaustible, readily available, cheap and storable. The developed charcoal-heated egg incubator consists of two distinct units which are the heating and incubating units. The heating unit consists of two charcoal burners which generate heat and the heated air in the heating chamber flows through a pipe by natural drift through the incubating chamber where the eggs are kept for incubation to take place. The objective of this study is to develop a charcoal heated egg incubator with a temperature regulatory device and carry out the performance evaluation. The developed charcoal heated egg incubator had workability efficiency of 63%.

Keywords: Poultry; Incubator; Egg; Chicks; Charcoal; Heat; Renewable

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