Help! Bator Quit!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by countyroad1330, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    Today is day 8 for my eggs, and the bator dropped to about 95. Its been fluctuating alot lately. Its my grandmother's old incubator, I'm going to buy a new one tomorrow. Will the eggs be ok until then? Should I do something with them?

    Also, which brand is better: Little Giant or Hova? Those are the only two I have access to in my town.
  2. Pinenot

    Pinenot Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    They will be fine until you get the new one tomorrow. Go get it first quickly, safely as you can [​IMG]
  3. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    Thanks Pinenot. I got my eggs moved into my new bator a little while ago. They went less than 24 hours in the low temp, and I even got it to go back up a little. I will check them this weekend to see if they made it.
  4. fallenweeble

    fallenweeble Songster

    Dec 4, 2007
    i'm a newbie too so i don't have much experience.
    i DO have a little giant 9200 running right now and it fluctuates a lot. however, i candled last night and i do have some live eggs so it is working . . .
    hopefully more folks will be along soon to offer more insight.
    hang in there!
  5. ncgnance

    ncgnance Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Iredell County, NC
    I've got the Little Giant also, with the automatic turner. It makes me crazy!! Its hard to get the temp just right, and I have never been able to get the humidity right, although I have 2 hydrometers. I just laid my 6 eggs down (day 18) and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It took me 4 hours to get the temp right, again. I think I'm gonna get the fan that goes with the Little Giant, as its supposed to keep the temp and humidity more even. Wish me luck....
  6. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    The first bater I used was an old galvanized still air,no turner Brower. My temps were all over the place and it drove me crazy. I had no eggs to hatch. The next time I used it,I bought a new wafer thermastat and it worked like a charm.
  7. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    I bought a Little Giant, so far I love it! Grandma's bator worked great too, we always had over 85% hatch rate. But its old and getting worn out apparently. [​IMG] How much does ya'lls bators fluctuate? This was having a 10 degree difference.

    I didn't think about it until this morning, but the hen does not sit on the eggs constantly. She still has to get up to eat, and whatever else she does. So maybe small fluctuations is a good thing!
  8. chicks rule

    chicks rule Songster

    Apr 10, 2007
    SW MO
    Good Luck on your hatch Country, I have the LG and had three unsuccessful hatches, had a heck of a time with the temps, I installed the fan kit and everything seems to be going good this time around, [​IMG] I found one of the old round metal bator in the barn we just purchased, may have to give that one a go, lol.

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