Adding water during lockdown.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AlienChick, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are some of the ways you guys are adding water during lockdown?

    I have a Hovabator 1588. My last hatch I opened the lid slightly and added water through a straw.

    Is there a way to add water without opening it every time?
     
  2. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    If it has the air holes in the top, then inject water using a meat injector. That's how I do it. I have about 4 air holes in the top for air flow and just stick the injector through the holes, aim, and shoot!
     
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  3. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im glad you posted this because Im going into lockdown tomorrow!! Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  4. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I attach a straw to a small funnel and stick the straw through the air holes.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I use a straw and a bottle and put the straw through the hole where the plug goes. I use warm water as if the water is too cold the temp will drop and if the water is too hot the temp will rise.

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  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    For my 1588, I stuck a few of those straws with accordian joints together so I can reach any reservoir in the bottom. You'll probably need to play with it a bit, but with a little practice I can bend those straws and use a syringe to put water in any reservoir I want to.

    I agree to use warm water, not hot. Those insulated incubators do not shed extra heat too well, so they can get a little hot if you use hot water. Heat is more of a problem than cool.

    I don't worry about it being a bit cool, because the heater will heat it back up pretty quickly. The core temperature of those eggs won't drop that fast. But the closer to incubating temperature it is, I think the better.
     
  7. FlyingJRanch

    FlyingJRanch Out Of The Brooder

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    Wonderful advise! Thanks!!
     
  8. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! The plastic straw through the air hole works. I squirt it with a syringe.

    Do any of you use dye in the water?? Will it permanently dye the plastic tray??

    I kinda find it difficult to actually see how much water is in the tray; so I really just do not know how much I am adding.

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