Hatchery tempretures - how accurate do they need to be?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stokiechicks, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. stokiechicks

    stokiechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I need to make a hatchery to transfer eggs into at day 19, how precise do the hatchery temps need to be? Would accuracy too 2 degree's fahrenheit be good?

    I'm planning on making one using garden heating cable and a bio green gardening socket thermostat which is accurate to about 2 degree fahrenheit. I already have a auto-turn brinsea incubator, but I need to keep adding more eggs mid-hatch, so need seperate hatcher to transfer eggs too.

    Thanks
     
  2. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    try to stay at 99.5 if possible
     
  3. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. stokiechicks

    stokiechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    99.5 isn't going to be possible, so need to figure out if its worth making a hatcher or should I buy one. This is just for the last three days. Before that they'll be in a incubator at 99.5 for 19 days. It's only the last three days.

    Anyone?
     
  5. JenniferNgo

    JenniferNgo Out Of The Brooder

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    Just buy a styrofoam (sp?) little giant incubator with no turner. About $45-$50 but SO worth it! Hatch rates have gone way up here since we started doing that

    Good luck! Lockdown is the most intense 3 days eveeeeerrrr!
     
  6. stokiechicks

    stokiechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks Jen, I'm in the UK and they don't sell them here. I get the impression that temps in the last three days still must stay at 99.5 F ? I guess I'll need a second incubator [​IMG]
     
  7. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    make one or buy one......never hurts to have an extra incubator. [​IMG] Unless you are like me and think....I got room to hatch more. [​IMG]
     
  8. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes we run 3 incubators and we got a styrofoam little giant that we picked up along the way that we use just for hatching and works great and not expensive... in order for you to have a good hatch rate. you need to be at 99.5 as much as possible. your last 3 days is the most important..................
     
  9. stokiechicks

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    Ok, thanks for the replies [​IMG] I found a styrofoam incubator on ebay in the UK for $50 (£25). Staggered hatches can be a pain, but it's so hard finding all the eggs to fill the incubator in one go [​IMG]
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:Good luck with your hatches. I do staggered hatches too so I have separate styrofoam incubators to hatch in. They work great.
     

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