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Having trouble with temperature in incubator

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Hello, I have the farm innovators 4250 incubator and this is my second time hatching eggs. This time around I am having a lot of trouble with temperature and humidity spikes. I let it run for 10 hours before I put the eggs in yesterday, and everything was doing fine until this morning. The temp was at 92°F and humidity at 23%. What can I do to help?!
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First thing to do: make sure you're calm. A temporary temperature drop is not nearly as bad as a temp spike. When you're calm, you can avoid making hasty temperature adjustments on the fly. 

Second: are you relying on the incubator's built in thermometer, or do you have several additional thermometers inside? The built-in thermometers on foam incubators are notoriously inaccurate. Always always use an analog thermometer along with a digital. 

Third: I've found that messing too much with humidity in foam incubators has a tendency to create temperature swings. I like to hatch "dry' (you can search any number of informative threads on this incubating technique, or talk to BYC user @AmyLynn2374), in other words, don't add any water until day 18 unless the humidity goes below 20 percent, and bump the humidity up to 70-75% on day 18-19. You would also monitor the air cells when candling.

Fourth: You can SLOWLY adjust the temperature up, and allow it to stabilize between adjustments. This is important to prevent a temp spike which could be deadly. 

Hope this helps! You can also join several informative threads on here to talk with hatchers more experienced than me :) Good luck with your hatch! 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088873/styrofoam-incubators-club ---Come join us! 

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