How long do I need to stabilize to set?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mrbstephens, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Songster

    How long should I have the incubator turned on and stabilized before I set the eggs?

  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Usually they say at least 12 hours but up to 24. Good luck on your hatch! [​IMG]
  3. Jenifer72

    Jenifer72 Songster

    Mar 19, 2010
    Quote:I'm not sure if you have the bator running and warmed up or not before you put them in...I thought I read that you start it After theyre in but maybe it doesnt make a difference? I would like to know as well....Im incubating for my first time later this week!
  4. Freebie

    Freebie Songster

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    I just set my first eggs on Saturday. I waited till it was stable for 12 hours. When I put the eggs in the temp went down. It took nearly 36 hours for it to go back up to temp. I don't know if that is normal or not. but that was my recent experience. I hope my eggs are ok. but will not know for awhile. Good luck with your hatch.
  5. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    If this is a new bator, you might want to run it for a couple days to make sure there is no temp flux. I like to let them run up to three days - so I can check night temps also (if the room the bator is in has temp flux - your bator will also)

    After you put your eggs into your warmed bator, the temp will go down as the eggs take on warmth. Depending upon how many eggs are placed in the bator, the time to return to correct temp may take a bit (if my bator is packed FULL - 46 eggs - it can take a full day, almost two before the temp is back up).

    Good luck and happy hatching [​IMG]
  6. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Songster

    UGH! I can't get the humidity right. It's way too high! I have the incubator in a shower stall that doesn't get used. I also have my seedling plants growing in there for the vegetable garden. I'm sure the humidity is coming from the plants. I can't think of another place to set it up where the kids won't bump into it. This is really the only place. What to do??? [​IMG]
  7. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Songster

    Alright, I moved it to the garage. The humidity is coming down. Now to see about the temp.............

  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I have mine in a closet in the house.

    Is your garage insulated? If not, you will have temp swings in the garage and that will cause temp flux in the bator.
  9. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Songster

    Quote:My garage is insulated, but not heated. I have it away from the garage door and close to the diningroom. I have it raised off the concrete floor. It's pretty draft free in there. This is always where I keep the brooder too without problems.
  10. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Songster

    I moved it to my bedroom closet. [​IMG]

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