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Hello everyone, new to quail and new to the site and have a few questions.

 

1) Got a few eggs to test the bator prior to the ones I ordered arriving. I was able to maintain temp in my genesis hova-bator and humidity using second water slot, I have reached day 14, took out the turner and added water in slot 2 & 3 but humidity never climbed any higher than when in 2 only. Added to slot 4 as well and still couldn't get over 51%. Anyone have this bator and what they have to use for the humidity?

 

2) I'm setting up the brooder (20"x42" Rubbermaid container) and have a 125 watt heat lamp. Everything I read (on this site) seems to think it is more than enough but I cat seem to get the temp above 85 and that's only a few inches up. keeping about 18" up as most recommend I only get a few degrees above room temp of about 70.

 

Any thoughts or recommendations would be much appreciated

Thanks Rick

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You can add a wet washing cloth in incubator to increase the humidity. To increase temp in the brooder, put a cover
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Thanks, I did end up adding a wet sponge which got me to about 60%.

 

Still trying to figure out the light :D seems like everyone uses between 50 and 150 watt, I tested again today and get about 74 degrees 12" away and about 206 degrees 1" away. I expect them to hatch tomorrow so hope I can figure out before hand

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I wire dimmer switches on all my brooder lights to better control the heat they put off. Make sure the floor temp is just less than 100* directly under the light amd theyll go into and out of the heat ring it creates on their own.
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I wire dimmer switches on all my brooder lights to better control the heat they put off. Make sure the floor temp is just less than 100* directly under the light amd theyll go into and out of the heat ring it creates on their own.


Where did you find the dimmer? My issue is I cant seem to get it above 80 unless its a few inches off the floor.

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Thanks, I did end up adding a wet sponge which got me to about 60%.



 



Still trying to figure out the light big_smile.png seems like everyone uses between 50 and 150 watt, I tested again today and get about 74 degrees 12" away and about 206 degrees 1" away. I expect them to hatch tomorrow so hope I can figure out before hand


 



Switch to the red 250 watt brooder lamps and raise it higher to regulate temp.
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Switch to the red 250 watt brooder lamps and raise it higher to regulate temp.

ya started looking for one but everywhere is out right now.  I just cant figure out how some can get the 100 degrees 18" up and cant get to the temp unless im 2" above the bird.:/

oh well continue my search for a 250

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So to provide an update. Found a 250 watt light and fixture (Prior fixture was rated to 150 watt only.) able to exceed temps at 18".

Just for the heck of it I added my 125 watt bulb in the fixture and am maintaining 99.5 degrees at 15" where the prior fixture I couldnt get even close. So for anyone else scratching their head wondering why they cant get anywhere close to what most people say, Check your lamp :D

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