dangit...dangit....dangit. failing bator.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MamaMarcy, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    My LG is acting up. It had a spike yesterday of 104 for 1-2 hours while I left the house. Then last night it dropped to about 90 and it took me almost 3 hours to get it back to 99.5 Once I had it stable, so I thought, at midnight, I went back to bed. Dh just woke me...it was at 108!!![​IMG] I made a judgement call and took the lid off for turning & candling. My Indian Runners look very sluggish, but alive. I have 4 turkeys mid hatch and 7 bantams in lockdown as well.

    Guess I'll be home all day playing temp monitor. [​IMG] I'm thinking I need to buy a new one and get it prewarmed for a transfer of eggs soon.
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Dont give up on those eggs yet. It can take many hours before the inner centre of the egg will reach those higher or lower temps- thats when things will be effected badly. Getting the bator fixed or a new one would be on on the agenda of course if you are having trouble like that- but my fingers are crossed for you and those eggs
  3. raymondjames

    raymondjames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2011
    1- thats why you dont my an LG/Egg Murderer and grab a Hova (great) or Brinsea 20 eco (even better [​IMG])
    2- the later in the hatch, the harder it is to screw up lol. Also, here is Temp-Screwup-Dont-Lose-Hope-On-Your-Eggs Rule #1: Cooler is better than warmer. if the temp drops (power outage, heating element failure, just plain gets cold) the worst that can happen is your eggs will be delayed by however long the temp was lingering like that. Too much heat has more of a "kill" risk.
    anyways, just keep humidity up for bantams and play temp monitor [​IMG] they might live but honestly 104 for 2 hours!!!! that could have killed your turkey eggs, bantams might have made it. and then 108.. if it was a few minutes they wil be ok, maybe the turkey eggs would be finished. If it was longer, you might not even get many bantams.
    Wish you luck! [​IMG]
  4. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Previous posts seem to imply that the LG is, well, an egg killer. Very difficult to calibrate the heat correctly.

    I once purchased one as a backup for finch eggs that new parents might toss. I ended up giving the darn thing away.

  5. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    3 of the 4 turkeys are moving and have PIP'd internally (one externally), the 4th is either dead or asleep. The bantams are all moving. The ducks, much earlier on, are moving but kinda slugish. My EE's are all around day 6 and not a darn one is growing as far as I can tell.

    I know my neighbor has an incubator, not sure what kind, but it auto-turns, so I may borrow that and get it preheating.

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