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Help, new to forum have incubator issues

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dewolf, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Dewolf

    Dewolf Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    Ok I know I am over thinking this but please help me think straight.....

    We received our 36 eggs

    We had rented an incubator from a local Poultry dealer and it just seams to be undependable with the temp. I can't seam to keep it above 101, it keeps going down to 97-98. Also if I rotate it takes it all day to get its temp up. We went out and bought a new one with egg rotator and have been regulating it so we can switch eggs over. Of course I have passed the point of worry so now I think I am worrying about to much. The temp thermometer that came with it I have positioned at what would be the top of the eggs ( once there in) and it seams to be holding at the 101.5 range. however the other thermometer that is digital I have sitting on the tray and it is reading 97 should they be so different, I would expect maybe a two degree. Just to make things worse I stuck a regular temp thermometer in the hole and they keep reading 103.....I know this is close to the top and I do expect some difference but it seams so wide a spread.
    Should I only worry about the regular one in the middle?

    I know I am over thinking this but yes, I am a worried first time eggy mom
     
  2. mnferalkitty

    mnferalkitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it a still air or circulated air incubator? I have always run still air and circulated air at about 99 degrees. I would go with the thermometer that came with the incubator, just stop using the others then you won't have to worry [​IMG]. In my opinion it is high temps that do eggs in so once you have the temp at about 99 degrees don't fool with it any more. A couple degree lower temp isn't that bad for eggs it just delays hatching but a higher temp will do them in. I don't know what you mean by egg rotator and switchig eggs over so I can't help you there.
     
  3. Dewolf

    Dewolf Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, I figured I was complicating things. The new one is a still air little giant, the new one has an egg rotator so I don't have to keep bugging the eggs. It takes a while to rotate 36 eggs and all the heat gets out.
     
  4. mnferalkitty

    mnferalkitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok now I understand rotator = egg turner :)
     

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