Hi there everyone,
I'm expecting some shipped eggs at the end of the week and I have a couple questions about my setup.
I've built an incubator out of an old cooler, two lamp sockets, PC fan, and an STC-1000 to run it all.
I read through Sally's Hatching 101 page and I'm left with two questions.
The first is ventilation. Do I need holes in the cooler if I'm going to be opening it to turn the eggs?
As it stands I'm not really happy with how often the lights go on and off. After reading about the cooler based incubators in the incubator forums I was expecting more stable temperature retention. (People talked about stable temps through the night with power outages.) What are others' experiences with the frequency of the lights cycling? I'm concerned that adding more holes is going to reduce the efficiency even less. Maybe the temperature dissipation is an indicator that I already have enough ventilation?
I noticed that people use jars of water to stabilize the temperature. I have a bit of porcelain tile lying around and am considering lining the incubator with that to store some heat. Thoughts?
Finally, regarding egg turning the Hatching 101 article suggests setting shipped eggs pointy side down. What’s the strategy for turning the eggs if they are pointy side down.
Thanks for the help!