Damn incubator keeps dropping temp.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by edster951, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. edster951

    edster951 Songster

    Last week it ran happily at 37-38degC

    It dropped to 35degC so I bought it inside.

    It then ran happily on again correctly, but this last day its dropped to 35-36degC

    Water wigler has all dried up, but I do have a bowl of water in the incubator.

    It concerns me the wiggler has dried out, as if this has will the eggs have too....

    Is this a problem with dry incubation? Humidity is around 25%.
     
  2. edster951

    edster951 Songster

    Just candled them for the last time.....

    I'm not very confident on the results actually....but we'll leave them to go another week.

    Took out 5 eggs showing no signs of developing. 5 eggs left.
    I poured some water into the bottom of the incubator to help raise the humidity a bit. Some condensation on the glass....
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    what day are you on ??? Do you have a still air incubator ???
     
  4. edster951

    edster951 Songster

    Quote:Day 14.

    Sunday will be day 15. I have a computer fan in there.

    5 eggs were clear so removed them.

    Temp keeps going down to 35-36degC, and should be between 36.6-38.2degC

    Added water to the bottom of the incubator and have humidity now at 55%.

    I was doing dry, but it dried out the water wiggler, so now I have no way of knowing the temp, as I used the steady temp of the water wiggler to monitor. I'll have to buy another one.

    I'll sit tight for another week....[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2008
  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

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    The temp drop isn't enough to kill them but, may delay their hatch by a day or two depending on how long it lasts. Does your bator have a wafer to control the temps? If so, it could be going bad. I would suggest replacing it. Otherwise, not sure why it would be dropping.

    Good luck with your hatch!
     
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    Quote:Day 14.

    Sunday will be day 15. I have a computer fan in there.

    5 eggs were clear so removed them.

    Temp keeps going down to 35-36degC, and should be between 36.6-38.2degC

    Added water to the bottom of the incubator and have humidity now at 55%.

    I was doing dry, but it dried out the water wiggler, so now I have no way of knowing the temp, as I used the steady temp of the water wiggler to monitor. I'll have to buy another one.

    I'll sit tight for another week....[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I would try to keep the hum at about 40-45ish and then up it on day 18 to about 60-65, my last hatch I dry incubated and that worked great for me I got 100% hatch, wouldnt worry about the temp to much, like farmer kitty said, it wont kill em just make em a little late.
     
  7. edster951

    edster951 Songster

    Quote:the thermostat is similar to MissPrissy's one, a lower pole one from a hardware store. It's been great until now....
     
  8. edster951

    edster951 Songster

    Managed to get the incubator back upto temp by tweaking the thermostat....

    Humidity up at 60%.

    5-6 more days to go, maybe a bit more as the temp dropped. It'll annoy me if it's late as I hoped to get them hatched during the weekend.

    Might have to take a sickie on Monday next week to watch the little ones hatch.
     

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