Hovabator failures?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by happyhens, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    I got a Hovabator with automatic turner last year, and I've used it 3 times. I got excellent hatches last year, the best being 31 chicks out of 36 eggs. I just set it up for a test run, and had it running steady for 2 days at 100*. I then put 18 of my mutt eggs in, and didn't change anything else. By that night, it had shot up to 113 for what could have been up to 6 hours :-( That was 3 days ago, and I candled some of the lightest brown eggs, they were all clear. I just don't understand why this happened and what is up with my incubator!? Anyone else's Hovabator ever done something like that? I'm starting to think I could do a much better job with a homemade incubator!
  2. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Little Giants are famous for deadly spikes, Hovas are supposed to be better, or are they?

    Well anyway , styrobator saga continues....

    Get Brinsea and start hatching while sleeping well.
  3. tgrlily

    tgrlily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2009
    East Syracuse
    My hovabator turned on me this last hatch too! [​IMG] But in the opposite direction -- it has always maintained steady temp & someone suggested I try hatchink in it. I am totally kicking myself! I couldnt keep the humidity up & the temp suddenly dropped -- I could get it back up to 99 degrees, but as soon as I turned my back it went back down. I had to help the 5 chicks that tried to hatch. I lost one who was stuck to it's egg. [​IMG]

    I need to get an idiot proof incubator!! I have wonderful breeds & stink at hatching!!

  4. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    I candled some of the darker brown and green eggs that are now at day 5, and saw veins in all except 2! Apparently the two light brown eggs I was candling were laid by the same hen and weren't fertile. But the rest are still growing! So thankfully, the temp spike didn't completely ruin the hatch. And I realized that I did add the PC fan right before I put the eggs in, is it possible that it put off enough heat to cause the spike? Because since I turned the knob back down and got the temperature right again, it is holding steady at around 100.4 and 100.6 and has been just fine the past few days. Hopefully thats all it was and not anything wrong with the incubator! I definately don't want another episode of that! Sorry to hear about your chicks tgrlily [​IMG] Just keep trying, you'll get it right eventually! It took me 4 or 5 tries with my first incubator (a Little Giant) before they finally started hatching well.
  5. BoldogKennel

    BoldogKennel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    Washington State
    Mine has been pretty good, but it did spike to 104 the ONE day I left it alone. Can't tell if it did any harm as I suck so bad at hatching that it could be a million OTHER reasons i don't hear any peeping, etc...


    How much are those Brinseas?
  6. beesong

    beesong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You can get an Octagon 20 ECO for $99 on "sale." The problem is, their shipping is SO high, it pretty much wipes out any savings. I'd buy more from them, but I really resent being soaked on the shipping.

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