Main Functions of Rcom brooder ICU
- Centralised heating
- Built in filter
- Built in anion activation
- Automatic water pump to maintain humidity
- Efficient power usage.
- It is really a device to help your puppy, kittens, flying fox, koala, bird spend its energy on recovery instead of maintaining body temperature so much.
A brooder ICU such as this is used as a Wildlife rescue ICU, a dog or pup ICU, Koala ICU and a bird icu, the stcker says bird but it operates as an animal brooder. We once used to swap the sticker but we don't now.
As with all computer based equipment use a power point with surge protection to protect your asset.
Use distilled water to avoid scale build up and to maintain efficient humidity settings.
Plug your ICU into a surge protection power plug/ UPS (uninterrupted power supply) to protect the internal digital parts against power spikes and brown outs.
Always ensure the incubation/ICU room (ambient air for the machine) is at a reasonable temperature and humidity, all machines operate within a range and outside of that range results will vary.
Why Anion activation?
Anion is an electron or ion with a negative charge also known as a vitamin of the air. Usually anions are found in clean areas of nature such as woodland or mountains. Breathing in anions promotes cell metabolism, increases vitality, cleans blood, stabilises nerves, aids in exhaustion recovery and improves appetite. Your Rcom brooder collides ions with oxygen to create more ions.
NOTE: Some people believe raising parrots in an ICU should mean high Temperature (37 degrees) and high Humidity (60%). Not only will this push most ICUs to the limit, it is likely to cause problems with the bird (must be comfortable but not over hot--37 is overhot) is in a fan based machine. Most experts would say temperature should be between 30 and 35 degrees and only at the high level for a day. Common humidity levels for sick or very young birds can be between 50 and 55 % Rh, preferably not below. If you dissagree with us then thats fine, just don't expect the Rcom ICU to run happily at what we consider innapropriate levels of temperature and Humidity. Also, note the ambient Temp' and Humidity in the room makes a real difference to what the ICU can do for you. If your ambient humidity is low don't expect the ICU to be able to ramp it up to 60% at 37 degress C. Also if the Hambient humdity is high the ICU doesn't remove the humidity. A high Temperature makes getting the humdity high all the more difficiult. We are happy with the ICU but it will not do eveything the way everyone wants it to. Don't assume please, ask us. Ask us to explain before assuming your settings are fine, tell us what you expect before applying those expectations on machines.
Also, distilled water is not boiled water (many people seem to think it is --- it is not), we say use distilled water for a reason, if this is not possible, and there is no reason why that should be so, then do not buy this ICU. Don't put unknown additives in your water, this unit boils the water immediately and quickly, if your additives cause the machine to boil over then that is not a warranty issue- use distilled water and clean your machine.
It has also come to our attention that people use 'kitty litter' in these machines, not only will this absorb moisture from the air (making humidification more difficult) but when the litter granules break down they create a lot of dust, bad for the animals respiratory system and bad for the water tank and fans. Use blankets on the floor (best idea) of the ICU and wood shavings or shedded paper for insulation and bird comfort.
Also, protect your incubators, ICU and equipment with surge protectors, as Electricity provision becomes more privatised and the dollars are not spent on the quality of power, the risks of dirty or spiky power increase, so get a surge protector or a UPS (uninteruptable power supply) and use it please.
Also, watch the height of your water level. There is a line on the side of the machine outlining the maximum water height, please use the machine as the instructions and this guide tell you to.
Much of what is said above may be termed 'common sense' but it is neccessary to tell people these things as we have found some different uses and materials being used with these units.