Brower Top Hatch and LG incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by swtbtrcup, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. swtbtrcup

    swtbtrcup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Brower Top Hatch incubator. Its about 6 years old. I used it last year and had a good hatch. This year I have yet to get anything to hatch. They develop but thats it. I'm not sure if its just too old or what. This is the first problem I have had with it. Does anyone have any ideas?

    I have a square styrofoam LG incubator thats probably about 8 years old. I have had it in storage. My question with it is whether its still usable? I have thought about getting it out, disinfecting it and turning it on.

    Unfortunately I really can't afford to buy a new incubator so I have to try and make these work.

    Thanks.

    Carol
     
  2. Taylorhens

    Taylorhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you been monitoring the temp and humidity in your Brower? If so, were they within suggested ranges?

    Are you sure your eggs were fertile? Were they shipped?

    Heck, I say plug 'em in and put some grocery store eggs in and do a simulation for a few days to make sure temp and humidity are holding steady. If they are, I'd suggest that the problem is with the eggs, not the bators.
     
  3. autsie

    autsie Out Of The Brooder

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    Carol,

    I have used twice this spring my LG (I know there are haters:) ) that is forced air with a turner. It was a hand me down from my BIL when he was in college which is over 10 years ago, and this is my fourth time hatching in it and I have great hatches. I put 12 in lock down on Wednesday. Today I have 3 chicks and all but one have pipped. There is no harm in trying it especially if you are using cheap or free eggs! Good luck and I'm sorry about your Brower, I know nothing about those.
     
  4. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a really old one, it looks like it is ten years old, but i dont know for sure, i have had really good hatches out of it, but i have a top hatch incubator, and i opened the incubator to find that it was smoking it was crazy, and i had melted plastic, i am gonna have to replace that thermostat for sure
     
  5. swtbtrcup

    swtbtrcup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies. I just found out I can get replacement parts for the Brower so I think I am going to do that and also get the LG out. I need to monitor the temps in it and then try it out. I have the egg turner for it somewhere.

    How would you do a test with store bought eggs?

    Hopefully my silkies will lay a couple of eggs for me today and I can try those out.

    I have an electronic thingy in the Brower that tells me the temp and the humidity. I am thinking the temp may be fluctuating too much so I am going to start keeping a log of the time/temp.
     

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