Originally Posted by meganhundley
Well my last hatch was a complete flop. For some reason I couldn't keep the temp steady. 1 minute it would be 100° and then it would just jump to 102° for no reason. After I installed the fan, the temp was even from top to bottom but side to side there was a 2 degree difference. A majority of them fried over night on day 6 cause it jumped up to 104 and the humidity dropped to 21. When I went to bed that night everything was where it should be, temp was 100.5 (my therm is off by a half a degree) and humidity was around 35. I don't know how long it had been like that before I woke up that morning but apparently it had been that way for a while cause when I candled that day most of them had quit or were quitting. I ended up with 5 when I locked down and they were due yesterday. There still aren't any pips so I candled but can't tell what's going on. I think 1 or 2 may still be alive but I'm not sure. 2 had drawn down but I think they quit after that. I swear I feel like throwing this bator in the river after I run over it and crush it. The first time I ever used it it worked awesome, the temp stayed relatively close to where I set it and the humidity wasn't a problem at all but the last 2 times it's been a complete nightmare. I'm going to invest in a nice Brinsea I think. Maybe I'll ask hubby to get me 1 for my birthday in May.
Sorry to hear that Megan! Did the problems start after you installed the fan? I had a styro bator for a total of 2 days and I returned it. It would either sit at 98 or 104 and I couldn't get it in between. Maybe if I had more patience I could have stabilized it. But after having the brinsea, I was totally spoiled. With them, you set the temp and it stays exactly where you set it for the whole 21 days. Plus, I hand turn, so I'm opening it at least 5 times a day and still it goes right back in a matter of seconds. If you're home and can hand turn, the Eco model is pretty affordable. I would highly recommend it. Plus, it will pay for itself by the hatch rates it will give you! Update if you get any action!