Originally Posted by RavynFallen
I hope Brinsea helps fix it! Good luck!
Originally Posted by Auroradream26
Aww, I'm sorry to hear that
I hope they can help you get it working right. I know someone who also was having those issues with his Brinsea. He actualy let me borrow it to try it out. I was definitely not a fan. It took numerous sponges to keep the lockdown humidity up
I think I am going to shell out the money to get a really nice hydrometer. In the end I think it will be worth it.
Originally Posted by DwayneNLiz
that stinks I'm sorry
I would deathly try next with some local cheap mutt eggs
Thats my plan, I found some on craigslist really cheap, about 1$ an egg... But I don't really care about fertility, as long as I get a couple fertile ones.
Originally Posted by cjwaldon
I'm not a fan of Brinsea either. They started out great, but as they aged they became less reliable. I sold all my Brinseas. I now have a Sportsman. So far so good, but I suspect the digital control panel will fail. The incubator itself has been awesome. Only had it a year so far so we will see how it fares over time.
I feel like it holds the temp really well, but it takes a little more work for the humidity.
Originally Posted by meltel
Sounds like a fun game! Hope I can play!
@prizepete-I'm so sorry. I love my hovabator. so easy to use. the humidity kit did fail on me though so they sent me a new one. Its hard to lose such good eggs!!! @cjwaldon did you set those eggs????
Its not your fault, I would love to try again with the ACs again... I can't do it until later on though... we will see...
Originally Posted by FridayYet
Prizepete- do you live at a high altitude by chance? Shipped eggs coming from low altitude to high will cause lots of losses during lockdown when the chicks outgrow their oxygen supply.
Sorry for your bad hatches. Just thought I'd throw the idea out there.
I do not... lower than 1000 feet, I think 300 feet... I am probably wrong, I just know its under 1000
Originally Posted by UrbanMamaHen
All this talk about incubators made me curious. There's a GQF 1502 that was used four times for sale - best offer. Seller won't give asking price. What would be a "good" offer as a buyer?
@prizepete I am sorry for your recent hatch. I have Brinsea incubators and they seem to work well for me, ECO 20 and mini Advance. I hope you figure out the issue with yours. It's frustrating when they develop but don't hatch. I had that happen to me twice, and in my case, it was because my temperature was a tad too high and humidity too low. I believe the chicks were shrink-wrapped. It was heart-breaking to see fully developed chicks inside. One of those two times, I was dry-incubating (because reading on BYC, some members say that is how they do it and it works for them). However, I realized that if you live in Florida or somewhere ambient humidity is 90%+, dry incubation may work; whereas for me, the dry weather in southern California doesn't support that method. Now that I've got the temperature calibrated just right, it is just set and go. I don't even use a hydrometer to check for humidity during incubation anymore. I just keep one of the water wells in my ECO 20 filled until day 18, and fill both on day 19. We all live in different climate zones, and I think we have to use the method that suits our weather conditions. I wish you better luck with your future hatches.
And yes, my recent AC eggs from CJ hatched on day 20.
Originally Posted by WVduckchick
I did want to share something about Brinsea octagons, for anyone that doesn't have the humidity pump... Look up "zorb fabric". It's a felt-like fabric that is super absorbent. When draped across the bottom of the incubator, down thru the water wells, and across to the other side, it helps keep the humidity up, without drying out. And it's washable and reusable!
I will have to look that up! Sounds interesting!
Thank you everyone! What is everyones favorite hydrometer?