Ever use an aquarium heating pad instead of a light bulb for heat?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RiverMan420, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

    Jun 16, 2011
    We have built our first incubator using the standard styro ice chest/hardware cloth




    I used an aquarium heating pad because it is supposed to stay at a constant 100F degrees... and it did work for a few days. The tempurature stayed at around 97F to 100F and the humidity hovered around 62% to 67%. We thought the humidity was too high so we swapped the heating pad for a light bulb on a dimmer switch. Now the temp is much harder to control. I got up this morning and the overnight "high" temp was 104f. I am thinking about going back to using the heating pad and just living with the higher humidity. Do ya'll think it's ok to have this at a constant 65% through the incubation period?

    Thanks in advance for any tips!
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    The temp should be around 100 and the humidity 50%. Can you put both the light and the heating pad in. Another suggestion is cut a hole in the incubator and make a cover so you can adjust the opening and that should help with the humidity. I have 3 holes in mine and just open and close the holes to adjust my humidity. Just some suggestions.

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