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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sillycmoy, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. sillycmoy

    sillycmoy Songster

    Mar 29, 2013
    Utah~Utah County
    So this is my very first hatch, and I got the cheapo Little Giant Incubator from the local feed store, it actually was the only one they had in stock since its the dead of winter here. But I have fertile eggs, not sure how, but we are going to hatch some out to see who Mr. Daddy is, and of course I got some from a fellow person on here to double make sure.

    Anyways. I've had it setup for almost 48 hours, and I can't get it to keep stable. I have both plugs out like suggested on a cheat sheet. I was told since it was still air to keep it at 100.5, but I had it at 100.2 for almost 19 hours, and then it spiked up to 102. I adjusted it as minor as possible, and it brought it down to 99.8, but not its back up to 100. But just 100 for the last 4 hours. I do have it placed upstairs in a loft. Its the only place where my 2 & 5 year old kids, plus the dogs and the cat will not bug it. It does get warmer up there during the day, so I believe that is why I had a spike of 102. I do have a digital temp with humidity, and the temp gauge that camp with it in there, both in different parts of the incubator, and both do read out about the same. The cheapo one that came with it, is a slightly lower by like 0.2 degrees.

    Not sure what to do with the humidity, the LIttle Giant Cheatsheet I read on here said not to worry about it until day 18, and then some people say around 20% others around 30-35%. Right not its at 24% with a little of water in the all the tubes.

    Also I'm going to be hand turning the eggs. Even if I wanted to buy a turner, there wasn't one there to even buy. So today, I did a quick add of water, because it was only at 16%, and that 20 secs or so made it dip to about 99.6%. I'm going to set 13 eggs. So I'm guessing it will dip every time I turn the eggs. I'm planning on turning 3 times a day, or do you recommend 5 times a day. I work from home so I can do whatever is best.

    Last thing, I read that I can put some glass jars with lids full with water, this will help with keep the temp warm when turning, and to add pennies to the water tubes. I haven't done this yet. But I would like to set them either tomorrow or Friday the latest.

    Thanks for any help.

  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

    Sep 26, 2013
    madison Indiana
    i have the same bator and 100 is good, 102 is not. you may have to find somewhere else to put it if its still going that high. as for the temp drop when you roll them, the mama does it every time too. that is nothing to worry about. i hope someone else helps with your other questions. i dont know about them. good luck[​IMG]

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