99 degrees or 100.5 degrees which is best

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chayton, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. chayton

    chayton Out Of The Brooder

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    after putting 24 eggs in on Wednesday I cant get my incubator to settle on 99.5. I have a fan in my incubator and everything I have read says the temp needs to be on 99.5 if I have a fan.

    I am using a electronic temp control with +/-1 degree differential. If I set my controller on 98 my temps stays mostly on 99 with an occasional rise to 99.5 in incubator, if I set my controller on 99 the incubator stays at 100.5.

    Which should I go with lower or higher temp????
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Either one of those should be fine. My incubator that has a fan runs around 100.5. I have great hatches out of it, but the chicks are usually a day or 2 early...which I kind of like anyways b/c I don't have to wait as long![​IMG]
     
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  3. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    range between them will be great. [​IMG]

    some people love 100 deg, perhaps because the number show 100 then they dream to have 100% hatch rate [​IMG] ,that's real good wish tough. you can't have 101 hatch rate, perhaps 101 dalmatian. [​IMG]
     
  4. cbiblis

    cbiblis Out Of The Brooder

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    I have scene good hatch rates at 95 - 102 degrees. I prefer 99.5. You can accomplish this if you know how to solder. Drop you potentiometer down by one size. It will tighten the temperature range. Good luck.
     
  5. canter6

    canter6 Cooped up

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    A few degrees here or there doesn't matter. What matters is...a good thermometer and most importantly GOOD EGGS.

    Even the best incubator can't hatch bad eggs.
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Go with the lower temp.
     

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