DIY incubator temp questions?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kevlar, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. kevlar

    kevlar Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay so I have a broody hen sitting on some eggs rite now but she is only about ten months old and this is her first time going broody so I was worried that she might get off her eggs half way through. So just in case I decided to make a incubator out of an old cooler and a bunch of stuff I found in my basement. The only thing I bought was a small thermo/hygrometer from Canadian Tire for $9.99. I put all the pieces together and I have three thermometers inside just to be sure. The digital one has been reading 99.5 to 101.5 for a day now, the regular type one that you would have outside your kitchen window reads a bit lower around 97 to 100. I also put filled a small balloon with water and slid a aquarium thermometer in to the balloon so it is suspended in the water and it reads an all most constant 96 degrees.Does this sound okay? I had three so if one was different I could still be spot on with the other two but I did not expect to have Three different temps.
     
  2. princetonpeeps

    princetonpeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there! Our VERY limited experience (one hatch so far, and setting eggs again tonight) led us to take a happy medium, an to be a touch on the cooler side if worried. We also have a homemade incubator, which hatched 17 of 23 set eggs for us in feb.

    Hope we could help, good luck!

    -Josh and Danielle
     

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