Well, 96 eggs set yesterday, only 14 older than 7 days with the oldest being 9 days. These are eggs from my generation 1 layers (I'm doing some inbreeding and started with BCM roos and Red Sexlink hens.)
There's a nice feature with the Ova 100, press two buttons on the front and the trays level. Otoh, there's an annoying alarm that signals just before the trays turn, presumably to ensure nobody gets their finger lopped off. It means, though, that every 45 minutes 24 hours a day that alarm goes off...sheesh. All of that could have been avoided by simply putting a sensor on the door...if the door's opened, automatically level and don't move till its closed...
I'm going to write a full review of the Ova 100 after this first hatch. One thing is that it was impossible to get the RH% low enough to satisfy me. I wanted it to be 40% without eggs in as that would suggest I can keep it low enough to get the right weight loss. The water tray and tray cover that comes with it won't get me lower than 65%. If they made the lid so it actually sealed on the tray, I could get down to 55%. If I had a container that had, say, a 1" opening...that would get me 40%...but things that have that small an opening tend not to hold much water...so multiple refills a day.
Luckily, things work fine with the Humidity Pump...but that's typically a $100 optional extra.
For the record, I'm running at 99.6F, RH 35%, egg turning every 45 minutes. I'll start a cooling period of 60 minutes every 24 hours on day 8...and lockdown at RH 65% on day 19.
My biggest concern is the dang room temperature alarm. It goes off even if the bator temperature hasn't dropped...the bator decides it will be too much work to maintain the temperature or something...
I weighed all eggs individually, and also the trays themselves. Re-weighed the trays today after 24 hours, and I have a .84% weight reduction. Ideal weight loss is .67%, so I bumped the RH up a little to 42% to slow weight loss.
Edited by NTBugtraq - 1/7/16 at 1:58pm