Originally Posted by fishnet1971
HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would really normally read through this stuff instead of ask, but im in a jamb here. I have the brinsea octagon 20 eco with automatic turner. First time hatcher here. I ran it for 2 days prior to getting my eggs. it said 99.5. good to go! It came with a separate temp and humidity gadget to put inside along with the bulb thermometer. Ok! I get my eggs, very important eggs non the less. Get the bator up and running on Friday, it holds the 99.5 mark for 24 hours. I put in the eggs and it plummets to 97. ok, give it awhile to catch back up right? so I did. it went to 98.7 and would not get any higher. I adjusted the temp with the screw and it went up to 100.7. dang it. so I got it to 99.5. cool! then check and it keeps fluctuating. As the thing is turning on the automatic turner the thermometer is changing !!!!!!! what do I do, is this right? HELPPP!!!! I am on day 2. and im crying so hard. I do not want to mess these Sultan eggs up.
First, breathe! None of those temps are alarming! You haven't hurt anything this early. I'd suggest just relaxing and let it stabilize.
But... Did you calibrate/verify the extra meter that you put in? These units the heater comes on and goes off, comes back on and goes back off. They maintain an average temp usually very well, so seeing highs and lows are not a problem. The egg doesn't change temp as quickly as a thermometer might.
I will also say though that you should have the incubator in an area in your house where the temp stays pretty steady and is free from drafts. Its will work much more efficiently that way.