Controlling temp fluctuations?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FrizzleFreak, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Songster

    This is my first hatching in my new incubator (it's a styrofoam hovabator) and I'm having a terrible time with fluctuations. I'll wake up to 98.5 and come home to 102.5- with little to no adjustment on my part. I have one plug in. I think that the room temperature is partially to blame (my room is never warmer than 64 or cooler than 60). Do you have any tips for me? The oldest eggs have been in for 8 days- do you think that they could still be alive with daily fluctuations like this?
    Thanks so much!
    Frizzle
     
  2. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Songster

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    Is your indoor temp to blame? In a word: YES.

    I have just discovered that since I moved my incubators to the living room, they drop to 97 at night and 102 during the day. [​IMG]

    The only solution is to keep the incubator in a room that remains as consistent in temp as possible. Which, if you live in my house, is next to dern impossible. [​IMG]

    If it makes you feel better, I just realized I have been cooking my hatching eggs in the hatcher upon lockdown. Had lots dying without pipping and discovered tonight that my oldest and most reliable LG is spiking temps when I am not around...and my thermometer(s) seem to be off again... I am so ready for a cabinet style incubator. [​IMG]

    Anyway, good luck and happy hatching! Sorry if I'm a downer...killing chicks that made it to lockdown does that to me... [​IMG]
     
  3. Colie <3

    Colie <3 Collecting my Cuties

    Feb 3, 2011
    Fayetteville, NC
    My LG is in a stable temp room and is fluctuating a lot as well. The room is never colder than 72 and never warmer than 78 so idk I blame the LG. I put a towel over it at nighttime hoping that will help. I also took masking tape and taped all around the lid because I noticed it wasn't sealing completely there was a gap I could see light thru on one side!
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Still air incubator always very in temp as the room temp changes.
    [​IMG]
    http://cmfarm.us/stillair.html


    If it has a fan an still does this then the thermostat is the issue.
     
  5. Colie <3

    Colie <3 Collecting my Cuties

    Feb 3, 2011
    Fayetteville, NC
    I added a computer fan to mine but I only had a 5v phone charger to power it with, do you think that the fan spinning slower might be the issue?
     
  6. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If its running real slow then maybe.
     
  7. Sierra pachie bars

    Sierra pachie bars Queen of the Lost

    Nov 8, 2008
    I got a temp gage that tells me the temp in the egg. So it varies about one degree then entire time. I have played around with placement of my incubator from room to room. Only problem I had with huge temp. Spikes was it turns out my son would get upset with me he would go by and twist the temp lever. Thank heaves it was when I was testing and had no eggs In it.
     
  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Quote:That would not go over well here.... I have about 11 dozen or more eggs in the incubator almost all the time...
     
  9. Sierra pachie bars

    Sierra pachie bars Queen of the Lost

    Nov 8, 2008
    Only reason I know he did it is I saw him do it. We had a talk about not messing with mommies eggs. Lol
     
  10. bakerjw

    bakerjw Songster

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    I took some fan fold insulation and made an insulated box as a cover for my Top Hatch (notorious for temperature fluctuations) and it helped quite a bit. I have plenty of 1" R5 foam board around that I will be using once this hatch is completed.

    I am sure that radio shack sells 5 volt computer case fans for use with your cell phone charger. Myself I'd never consider a still air incubator. I'd certainly put a fan inside to keep the air circulated.
     

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