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What is the best thermometer to use to check the incbtr one?

Many people prefer the Brinsea spot check. If you have a glass or medical thermometer you can check it with the ice water method for accuracy and then use that as a comparison to check others.

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post #12 of 15
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I have my eggs incubating for four days now, came home from work and at turning time noticed someone turned up the heat. It was at 110 or a little higher. Turned down and leveled out back at 100. Was this a fatal accident, or should I keep them going?
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I have my eggs incubating for four days now, came home from work and at turning time noticed someone turned up the heat. It was at 110 or a little higher. Turned down and leveled out back at 100. Was this a fatal accident, or should I keep them going?

If they were that high for any length of time chances they are cooked. :(  But give it 24-48 hours and check them for development before making a decision.

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post #14 of 15
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If these eggs are ng,how long can I keep fertilized eggs, and what's the best way to store them. I'm not supposed to keep a roo where I am. My neighbors are good, and I gave him a suburban muffler,but with spring coming I think I will have to move him out east to live on a farm soon. Again I thank all the peeps on BYC for the helpful advice.
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If these eggs are ng,how long can I keep fertilized eggs, and what's the best way to store them. I'm not supposed to keep a roo where I am. My neighbors are good, and I gave him a suburban muffler,but with spring coming I think I will have to move him out east to live on a farm soon. Again I thank all the peeps on BYC for the helpful advice.

It is mostly agreed that it is best to use eggs 10 days old and less. Many people won't incubate eggs older than a week and most agree that over two weeks significantly lowers that hatch rate.  Storing them- most people store them upright in cartons 50-60F being the most recommended temps, but under 70F is fine. Many people feel that you need to turn eggs during storing like you would during incubation. Others argue that they don't need to be turned. It is also stated that after a roo mates a hen the hen can remain fertile for a month too.

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