Frustrating as all get out!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by imaleomom, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. imaleomom

    imaleomom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had my incubator up and running for a couple of days. I wanted to make sure temps were stable before adding all of the eggs that I just bought.
    Now I've added the eggs this evening and the temps are wonky!!

    GRRRR!!!!
     
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    What kind of incubator do you have?
     
  3. ncchixlady

    ncchixlady Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine did the same thing. Within minutes of adding the eggs, the temperature and humidity skyrocketed and there was condensation on the window. I lowered the thermostat temp and opened the vent holes and it finally regulated.
     
  4. GaNewChick

    GaNewChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read somewhere that when regulating your incubator...it is best to grab some eggs out of the fridge and place them in there.

    It makes sense to me that setting the temp/humidity with an *empty* incubator would naturally throw off the settings when you add substance to it.

    Am I thinking wrong?
     
  5. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when setting up my bator for new eggs i place two bottles of water in there and set temp and humidty, when i get them where i want them i pull bottles of water out and place eggs in. make it easy to get them where they need to be. william
     
  6. imaleomom

    imaleomom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's a pretty standard Little Giant. It worked great before (on the eggs I got for free). Now that I've actually spent money on eggs however, I get frustrating start!!
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    When you first put eggs in the incubator, it would be odd if the temps didn't go wacky. Your incubator is set at 100 degrees, more or less, and the temp of the egg can't be more than 75 tops.

    General rule of thumb is to set the eggs and walk away, for at least 6 hours. If, when you return, the temps are still goofy, then you should adjust it.

    The condensation would have built up on the windows because the temps went down, so that is also normal.
     
  8. teddiliza

    teddiliza Chillin' With My Peeps

    I feel your pain! My first hatch was a total pain to regulate. This time I left the dial at the previous hatch's same spot after adding the eggs and waited 8 hours before I tried tweaking.
     

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