Hate my bator


In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 3, 2009
Charleston WV
I have a new LG that has been set up for a week. (in bedroom) I never knew that the temp could change so much. During the night it will go down to 98 then during the day it will go to 100-101. I am about ready to throw the thing out the door. I think I will put it in a moving blanket to keep it stable? I know this will be the last time I use this bator! If it was not for the grandkids I would not even mess with it. The eggs are paid for an are to be shipped Mon.. I have talked to old timers that used the old metal round bator an they said they never had any trouble. So with all of the new technology maybe things were better back then.....
I have read that the lg would give you fits an then some say they love it. I put a dimmer knob it so it is easer to adjust an all but I am at an END!


12 Years
Apr 6, 2007
Don't panic. Most bators fluctuate some. It's ok. My LG's and borrowed
Genesis fall to 98 at night too because I keep the heat so low.
Without any intervention you will be ok.

Do you have a wiggler? You may find that the wiggler, therefore the
eggs, remain a much more constant temp.

Is your LG forced air?(does it have a fan)


In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 21, 2009
Gillies Corners, ON
I wouldn't panic either. You're doing great!

That little fluctuation is still less than the "real thing." You have maintained a near-perfect average temperature too.

Watch the humidity and give 'em a little pep talk as they cook away in there.

Best of luck!


10 Years
Feb 27, 2009
Hart Co
I have an LG still air and we also keep our house a little cooler than most. Mine would go down to 99-100 at night and as high as 102+ during the day. I really had to watch it during the day if it got warm out and the house heated up. However I am on day 20 now and have 6 pips and 1 hatched. I also had 28 out of 29 eggs that were alive on day 18 when I last checked them and so anticipate more hatches. So you should be fine. I agree a water wiggler might help you feel better about the tepm. It will take the egg longer to change temp than the termometer.


10 Years
Feb 21, 2009
central Texas
I keep hearing about these water wigglers, but what are they? What is their function in an incubator? Is it something you can make?

Thanks, I am not very new to incubating...just new to this site and I am getting a lot more info than books give!

Thank-you in advance!


Resistance is futile
11 Years
Mar 21, 2008
It's a toy... water snake is another name for them...... you stick a thermometer or probe inside them to get a feel for the temps INSIDE the eggs. You can also make one out of a plastic baggie filled with water.... do a search and you will find lots of posts on the subject

Guinea Goonie

Roosting Elsewhere
12 Years
Sep 2, 2008
Peace Valley in Howell County Missouri
I have my LG (Hate it) in the Dining room. The room is closed off with a electric/oil heater in there. The room stays fairly constant and the bator work OK this way.

I can not wait to get the money up for a better one. Next one will have a reservoir for the water level and a no touch temperature control.


In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 3, 2009
Charleston WV
Thanks for making me feel better. I have a fan an a egg turner. They give off heat too. I just think their has to be a better way?Yes my home is colder at night but you would think that it would hold temp better. water wigglers? I would like to know too. Looked in the home made bators an their was one but?


Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Mar 3, 2009
Lakeport, Ca.
I had my LG for a week before I talked hubby into getting me a Hova-Bator 1588 for my birthday. I would go from 98 at night to 103-104 in the day, I was home 24/7 so I was able to adjust when it spike, but I had to watch it every moment, I was even sleeping next to it! Since getting the Hovabator I haven't worried one bit, it only fluxuates a few tenths of a degree, and takes care of everything for me! (I have the Auto Turner) I just use a syringe and Aquarium Tubing to add water when the Humidity gets low, Thats it! I'm finally getting more than 3 hours of sleep a night! LOL.


In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 10, 2009
Chapel Hill, NC
I am glad to hear others are having trouble with the LG. We used this bator last year adn didn't seem to have the temp fluctuations we are having now. Its driving me nuts. Hubby is thinking about building his own!

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