Can't get the correct temperature?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tomfieldenloveshichickens, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Tomfieldenloveshichickens

    Tomfieldenloveshichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I brought a incubator of eBay and have now decided to put it to use. I have 6 eggs ready to go in. The incubator has a fan and a thermostat. The problem is I can get it to 99.5 but then when I put the water and the eggs in it drops to 92. Then it slowly creeps up to 99.5 in 2 hours. What should I do ? also the humidity sometimes gets to high or low. How do I control this?

    Thanks
     
  2. robnms

    robnms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What brand is it? You also need to give it time to level off every time you adjust the thermostat. Is it in a room with drafts or by a window?
     
  3. Tomfieldenloveshichickens

    Tomfieldenloveshichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a homemade incubator but the guy who made it also made lots more.
     
  4. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is very normal for the temperature to drop down when you put egg sor water since they are colder they need to warm up before the temperature recovers



    About the humidity

    I recomend you

    first find out how is the humidity in the bator before you put water

    turn the bator put gydrometer inside let it run 24 hours
    check humidity

    if you need to raise humidity add litlle bit of water

    use a sringe to measure how much water you add

    try one sringe at the time
    and wait 2 to 4 hours
    let humidity stabilize
    keep going until you find the right number you are looking for, after you have ur humidity set , you dont have to add that much of water
    just keep watching the humidity you may need to add a full sringe every other day

    be patient dont spect temperature or humidity to change so fast

    give it time


    hope it helps
     
  5. Tomfieldenloveshichickens

    Tomfieldenloveshichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The temp is now sorted now just to get the humidity up thanks [​IMG]
     
  6. robnms

    robnms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are you using for a water tray? You might need to put another smaller pan/tray in there because it's winter and the heater usually brings the humidity down inside.
     
  7. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a humidifier in the same (small) room as my bator that I can turn on to increase the ambient humidity in the room. I just do this to supplement the water tray in the incubator so I'm not constantly pumping water into the bator and putting the temps all out of whack.


    Just an idea.
     
  8. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, and like JM said, totally normal for temps to drop at first. you are adding a lot of mass that the bator need to heat up.....that takes time. Are you using heat sinks of any kind? Jars of water perhaps? That would also limit the effect of the added mass.
     

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