How low can temp go while bators open to turn eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by favoritekitty, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. favoritekitty

    favoritekitty Songster

    Feb 18, 2009
    Today is only day 2 on our eggs but every time I open the incubator the temp goes to 95ish degrees. How low can the temperature get while turning the eggs safely?

    Obviously the humidity also goes way down for a few minutes. I have only turned the eggs twice today because the temp never goes back to 99.5 and the humidity never goes back to where it was either. I just turned them and after rewetting the little sponge in there the temp spiked to 100 and only came down after I took out a plug.

    I dont think I can BE any faster when I turn these eggs. I even have another set of hands helping me turn these 24 eggs.

    I will NEVER do this again. I cant believe how much energy it takes out of my body and how stressed I get caring for them and it has only been two days [​IMG]
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    Mom hen will get off the nest for up to 1 hr and sometimes a couple times a day. So that little dip in temp if just fine
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Quote:A momma hen gets up off her nest of eggs for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. Your temps and humidity will do just fine while you turn the eggs, coming back up to normal within an hour or so. Don't worry, it's okay. [​IMG]
  4. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I wouldn't stress over it, really....
    so much focus and stress is so completely unnecessary, just get it done and don't worry about it. Hens leave the nest to get food/drinks. I open my bator to turn 3x a day and have no problems. The actual temp in the egg takes quite a while to drop...
    good luck [​IMG]
  5. carinlynchin

    carinlynchin Songster

    Feb 18, 2009
    I am not experienced by any means but I am currenlty incubating goose eggs. I foudn that after adding water my temp would spike also and I figured out it was because I was adding what I thought was normal warm water..but most likely was warmer than the I started using my wrist to measure the tap water temp. After reducing the temperature of the water I added sometimes the incubator temp stays the same or sometimes it takes a while to get back up to normal temp...I know some people put the bottle of water in the incubator so its the same temp as the incubator.

    Also I take off the lid to turn..although I only have 2 eggs in there, but for chickens, I don't know much about them, but don't they get off the nest to eat and stuff?? if so, then the small amount of time to turn the eggs I would presume, wouldn't hurt...but again I am doing goose eggs...and I don't relaly have much incubating maybe someone has a better answer. Good luck!
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2009
  6. favoritekitty

    favoritekitty Songster

    Feb 18, 2009
    Are you serious!! I have been stressed for two days thinking that everyone is already dead because the temperature dropped so much and the MOM gets to walk around for an HOUR?


    (thank you for making me feel a little better guys [​IMG] )
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2009

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