Originally Posted by mire0042
Originally Posted by campingshaws
I'm incubating in a little giant styro and hatching in the cooler bator we built. I like them both. The LG is persnickety but I don't find it as difficult as some do.
I wasn't having any problems with it at first but have had major temp fluctuations the past few days. Husband has been monitoring it while I am at work but he left for awhile this afternoon before i got home and he said it hit a high of 109 today. My goose died before it could hatch, a polish died before hatching, And last two biels didn't hatch. They died also.
But I am going to try adjusting placement of temp probe by taping it to keep in place when chicks are bumbling around.
Do you have it in a temp-stable room? Mine is set perfectly, but if it gets warm in the house then the temp spikes, or if it's cool the temp drops. This time of year when you're running heat in the morning and air in the afternoon it's hard to keep the bator stable. Is it the 9300? I've heard bad things about that one.
I hatched all last spring and summer in this one and twice this year. It's done fine, except for the ups and downs. I keep mine in my sewing room, and I drape loose yardage around it as needed on cool nights.
Sorry that yours is giving you fits. Have you tried a cooler bator? It took about a day to build and after scavenging stuff from the barn it only cost about $30 to build. I've only hatch in it once, but with the digital thermostat the temps are dead on. And it's super easy to sanitize between hatched. PLUS when the hatch is done, just add food/water, lower the temp, crack the lid, and it's a brooder.