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A Few Quick Questions Before Setting Eggs

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

  1. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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

    I
    look forwards in hearing from you! [​IMG]

    Thank You

    - Tommy
     
  2. Layin Eggs

    Layin Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    humidity day 1-18 should be 40-50%

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

    TommyVT05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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.

    Jody
     
  5. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    TommyVT05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Hello,

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    hinkjc,

    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

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Ok,

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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