First day of lock down and I have a problem w/ temp!! I need advice.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JLS, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    Okay, I have an LG still air incubator w/ an automatic turner. The temp was perfect when I had the eggs in the turner. I removed the turner this morning and put the eggs on the rack, topped off the water resevoir, and put in a wet sponge. The humidity is at 80% (is that too high?). Then I realized that the temp on the rack was 95F! I tried increasing the temp slowly. Of course I had to go to work this morning [​IMG] I worried the whole time that the eggs were either too cold or too hot. After being gone for 6 hours I came home. The incubator temp was still only 97F! I finally got the temp to 99.5F about an hour and a half later.

    Is it too late for my babies?? Have I done irreversable damage to the hatch? Please let me know your thoughts. I am sooo worried!!
     
  2. Lil'ChickFarm

    Lil'ChickFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That happened to me too and I assume it was because the turner held heat. Without it, the temp dropped and I had to raise it back up. Mine dropped to 95 also, but I got it up in a couple hours. I think they are fine and can handle a drop far better then a high spike. [​IMG] I have read where people had electric outages and temps were low for hours and babies hatched.
     
  3. Crabella

    Crabella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody kept getting off her nest to eat, and going back to a nest with more eggs in it. At least 5-6 times I found her lonely little egg cold, and had to move momma to it, or it to her. She hatched the 4th of July... I really didn't think it would, as the temps here were averaging in the high 60's to low 70's. You never know.
     

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