A Few Quick Questions Before Setting Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TommyVT05, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Hello Everyone,

    I finally got my Hovabator 1602N incubator w/ Auto Egg Turner! [​IMG]
    I installed my version of "Turbofan" already. Running well and smoothly because I have (3) 60mm P/C fans! : )

    A few quick questions before I put in the eggs Saturday morning. (I will let it run for 48 hours to be sure that the Temp. and Humidity will be stable).

    1.) Humidity from day 1 - 18 should be 85-87% and 90% for last 3 days?

    2.) Temp. should be 99.5-100.5 ish? I remembered reading somewhere that the "Turbofan" model needs less heat but mine isn't really STOCK turbofan so I think doing 99.5F should be Optimal, please correct me if im wrong.

    3.) I have two "classic" thermometers in there right now both reads 101-102F about, but the digital version I just bought only reads 99F. Which one should I base on? There is about a 3F difference between the two glass therm. and the digital...thats what im most worried about right now...getting the more accurate temperature.

    4.) My digital humidity gauge reads 62% right now but the "classic" coiled version "Kritterz" reptile humidity guage reads at @ 75%. Regardless, both are under the requirement for humidity right?

    The manual says to only fill in the "A" section of the plastic tray and I did that but Hum. is still relatively low, now should I base humidity to just the tray limit or should I go off what other websites say?

    Source: http://www.msstate.edu/dept/poultry/hatch.htm

    look forwards in hearing from you! [​IMG]

    Thank You

    - Tommy
  2. Layin Eggs

    Layin Eggs Songster

    Nov 4, 2007
    South Eastern, MA
    humidity day 1-18 should be 40-50%

    day 19-21 up humidity 60-70%
  3. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Oh really?

    Hummm...then that website is wrong then huh?

    I didn't think the eggs would need that high of a HUMIDITY either...wow, im glad I asked : )

    Thank You!

    - Tommy
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Tommy, the humidity you quoted is wet bulb..most folks using a styro don't go by wet bulb reading. Are you using a wet bulb or relative humdity reading?

    For the temp. I would use the digital and get it to 100. Based on your hatch (if early, turn it down a half degree) (if late, turn it up a half degree).

    I hope you are testing this with home eggs? That is the best way to test a new setup. Good luck to you.

  5. 85-87 wet bulb is actually 55-60%.
  6. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California

    Wow, thanks for clarifying that with me! I would have been so off and disaster! Im so glad I asked now. Yeah, if we are talking relative, its right now 60-62% on the digital and I guess that is what im basing it off now. Its brand new so hopefully, its up to par : )

    - Tommy
  7. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California

    I am going to use the eggs I have at home, but they are pretty precious TOO you see. Jungle Fowl and Onagadori Eggs on my first attemp.
    YIKES!!! [​IMG]

    Thats why I want to be extra careful...[​IMG]

    For some reason, the Digital and "classic" thermometer is in sync now with each other. All three are reading 99.5-100.5 ish

    Thats good right?

    Oh, the humidity is 65%

    I will let it stablelize until Sat. until I add in the eggs. 21 days so when the chicks hatch, it will be on a Sat. too! I will be home : )
    There will be 15 Onagadori Eggs & 15 Jungle Fowl Eggs [​IMG]

    - Tommy
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    When you put your eggs in the temp will dip for a while, don't panic and adjust your thermostat, it will restabilize on its own.
  9. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California

    So if it reads 99.8 ish when I put the eggs in, it can go down to about 99 ish, but DON"T readjust anything...and should be back to norm?
    It has been stable today...been at 99ish for 5-6 hours now. Around noon tomorrow...that will be 24 hours, and I can be safe to put the eggs in!

    That sounds good. Thanks for the advice! : )

    - Tommy
  10. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    I will put the eggs in today.

    Around 3:30PM ish my time.

    Temp has been 99-100

    Humidity has been 65%

    I am good yeah?

    : )

    - Tommy

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