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hovabator temp questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TheBushidoWay, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. TheBushidoWay

    TheBushidoWay Just Hatched

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    I thought I had read just about everything in regards to incubating before I got started. My issue is my hovabator 1602n temp ranges a good little bit. I was of the impression it would stay at one temp and now Ive resigned myself to just trying to keep it in a good range. Im doing turkeys so 99.7-100.9

    I have my incubator in my dining room which is the central most point of the house. daytime temps seem a touch lower than night time. unit like I said is a hovabator 1602n forced air with 5 tray auto turner. I got the package off ebay with a incutherm thermometer/hygrometer and a glass thermometer. digital thermometer seems accurate against the glass one. house temp seems stable based on the thermostat about 6 feet away. Im not using ac right now and its always a comfy 82 everytime I look. Im doin 15 eggs and Im about 1 week in. also seems like Im fine tuning the thermostat about 4 times a day. and by fine I mean tiny little "scooches",mm movements.

    thoughts?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Listen---99.7 to 100.9 is a great range----nothing wrong with that. My 1602n has a wafer thermostat and they are going to range a little. You are good! Being I am sure you got fan in it----you could bump it down a touch---say 99.5 to 100.5. but you will be fine.
     
  3. TheBushidoWay

    TheBushidoWay Just Hatched

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    just what I wanted to hear. thanks a bunch.
     
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  4. TheBushidoWay

    TheBushidoWay Just Hatched

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    Im beginning to hate this hovabator.
    Just when I was feeling comfortable with it, I woke up this morning and for whatever reason, it was at 99.0
    Ive since found out that barometric pressure and relative humidity can affect the wafer thermostat.
     
  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    They probably are effected?? I never had a problem---meaning with 9 to 10'000 hatched in my hatcher with a wafer thermostat----ever time I look through the glass- at the thermometer---it is setting dead on the temp and in over 3 years I have never had to re-adjust it. Winter/summer/fall/spring, rain or shine----always dead on it and my building is unheated/cooled---I just open the windows in the summer---close in the winter.
     
  6. TheBushidoWay

    TheBushidoWay Just Hatched

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    maybe I got a bad one then cause this thing is driving me crazy. and I might as well be setting on the eggs myself, with all the time I spend looking at the thermometer (watching where it kicks on at)
     
  7. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If its kicking on and off in the range you posted above---you are good!! Now---example--- if it dropped to 95 and cut off at 103---that isn't going to work.
     
  8. TheBushidoWay

    TheBushidoWay Just Hatched

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    gotcha.
    so dipping down to 99 for a little while. I have no idea how long. thats not too bad,I guess.
     
  9. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    No, as long as it goes back up above 100, back and forth---is fine and will not cause you a problem. Now worry about the humidity---or hatch day---LOL
     
  10. TheBushidoWay

    TheBushidoWay Just Hatched

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    see the humidity Im not sweating, no pun. hygrometer says 40-50% and Im not really adding water. humidity outside is 95% Im pretty certain its a little less in the house. when it comes to getting the humidity up, I got that.
     

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