High or Low

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gabrielle1976, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    5,561
    58
    281
    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    Ok I got my temps pretty good , not great but pretty good , the only problem I have now is the variance, I can tweek my thermastat and the watter wiggler will be between 98.3-100.4 give or take a few .somethings
    Or I can tweek it up a tad and have the temp be between 99-101.8 something like that so if 99.5-100.5 are the ideal what is better being a degree lower for a few minutes or a degree or so higher for a few minutes.
     
  2. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

    796
    1
    131
    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    i would leave it where it is at, may just take a 1/2 day longer to hatch ( but at least a hatch) if it gets to high , no hatch
     
  3. selinagil

    selinagil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I agree [​IMG]
     
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

    9,788
    752
    336
    Oct 16, 2008
    wausau,wisconsin
    I would choose the lower set..
     
  5. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    5,561
    58
    281
    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    Thank you [​IMG]
     
  6. eatmorechicken

    eatmorechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    156
    2
    121
    Mar 7, 2009
    In the begining of incubation I would say warmer is better. in the first week teh embryo isn't metabalizing enough heat on its own to make a temperature change, instead its evaperating moisture and cooling, sooo incubator temp is 99.5 but eggshell temp is around mid 98. so 100.5 will put you in the about right temp. When the chick is around tow weeks it starts to produce heat on its own and an incubator temp at 100.5 will make that egg temp around 101 or more depending on evaporation..so lower temps work in your favor in the latter part of incubation
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2009
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

    9,788
    752
    336
    Oct 16, 2008
    wausau,wisconsin
    I am back.. again I say, always err to the lower temp..\\

    fiddling with the temp while the eggs are incubating only brings problems..

    the only time to mess with the temp is if it is consistently too high. and if the temp is too low it becomes a judgement call..

    my best advice is to set it and forget it..but watch it.

    many people just do not understand the exact function of a thermostat. I can tell that by what they write... I am not sorting out any individual, just saying.......
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by