Hovabator 1588 temperature plummeting during lockdown

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HeatherMarieR, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. HeatherMarieR

    HeatherMarieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Hovabaor 1588 that seemed to work great the first few times I used it. Now, during lockdown, my temperature drops to 94-97. Originally I figured it was from the recently added cool water, but then the temp never came up. I'm losing most of my chicks during lockdown, and they're Seramas, so this can't keep happening. Has anyone else had this problem? Should I just toss it and get a different incubator?
     
  2. stevethack

    stevethack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is that the factory temp meter? If so it could be crazy with the added humidity.. Double check with a known accurate thermometer??
     
  3. HeatherMarieR

    HeatherMarieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's with the Brinsea spot check. I have the incubator cranked up to 102, and both of my Brinsea spot checks are reading right around 96.
     
  4. HeatherMarieR

    HeatherMarieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually the set temp is 102.8 right now, and for some reason the temp is slowly rising now. The thermometers are reading 98 now.
     
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I used to use up to 8 Hova and LG's at a time before I went to my cabinet models..

    the main reason temps do not hold is a bad seal between the top and base of the styro sections.

    i remedied this by using duct tape all the way around the unit at that area..

    Use the gray duct tape and it peels off cleanly when you want to remove it..

    also before starting a new batch of eggs, ;
    run your bator as dry as you can get it.. usually bottoms out at about 30% humidity,, then set your temp at 101F

    Proceed from there and do not reset the thermostat any more.

    the temp will drop when there is water in the reservoirs..
    If the temp rises, just add warm water and it should drop back to where it should be..
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2016
  6. HeatherMarieR

    HeatherMarieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The temp held really well until lockdown. I'll try that. Thanks!
     
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