I am giving it up

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicks rule, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. chicks rule

    chicks rule Songster

    Apr 10, 2007
    SW MO
    I have had absolutely no luck with my wonderful(not) LG bator. I have tried it in different rooms, covered, uncovered, shipped eggs, my own eggs, thermometers, hygrometers, with no luck. Cyn I really apologize for ruining the eggs I received from you, this last batch shows no growth, when I candle it just looks like a yolk in there and they are on day 15, I am holding out hope for the ones under my broody hen, God Bless her little soul. I am not sure but think the temp changes in my house is the reason for my bad luck, so I am going to try to hold off till spring to incubate at least shipped eggs. I have tried everything you all have suggested and that is the only thing I can figure is going on, unless the heating unit on the bator is bad, can that happen? I am looking into getting a fan for it maybe that would help, I don't know. I must say I am terribly jealous of the little ones you all have had luck hatching, esp, the blue orps, I want some so bad, lol. Keep up the good work and hopefully sometime soon I will be joining you all with pics of my own bator successes. Gonna go pout now, [​IMG] Thanks for listening
  2. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
    I'm so sorry. is it a still air. I know lots of people can hatch with still airs but I never could. I could not get the temp to regulate. maybe your broody will hatch a few.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Bobbie, that just does not sound right! I wonder if your bator heater thermostat or the element itself is just defective. I had a brand new Hova and the wafer was bad before I put my first real batch of eggs in it and I had GQF send me a new wafer. So it can happen.
  4. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    I've had 3 good hatches with my LG 9200 still air.

    Sorry about your experiences.
  5. chicks rule

    chicks rule Songster

    Apr 10, 2007
    SW MO
    Thanks Bama, Yes it is a Still Air, and I am having no luck whatsoever, If I ever get it figured out you are on my list of people to get eggs from.

    Cyn, that is what I am wondering. Seems if or when I adjust it up the light goes off instead of coming on like I think it should, I need to look at my paper work and give them a call. It would be nice if that was the problem and it isn't really me. I have six of your eggs under my broody so with any luck she will hatch out some babes. Will let you know.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Good thinking, hedging your bets by putting some under the broody! If you find out it's a bator problem, not a bator-operator problem, then I'll be thrilled and we'll get you some more eggs somehow. It has to be an instrument/equipment problem of some kind.
  7. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    I'm right with you chicks rule, I have tried three LG still air incubators and have had a couple successful hatches, but the vast majority were a total waste. IMO the incubator is worthless! This summer I tried three batches of eggs and got 5 chicks, thats less than a 5% hatch rate. I am fed up with this brand and will never use it again. The temperature never held stable for me and often rose 10 degrees without any turning of the knob or significant change in the room temperature. I had better results from a homemade incubator made of a plastic cooler, a window pane and a desk lamp. I bought two others after the first attempt thinking the first one was defective and because I couldn't afford a better incubator. If I knew then what I know now I could have bought a $500 Brinsea and still came out ahead. I really want to by a Brinsea but I think I'm going to try a Hova due to the cost.
  8. Tsagirl

    Tsagirl Songster

    Dec 9, 2007
    Hova's are good...I have had a 50% hatch rate so far with mine. Hopefully better results with this next hatch.
  9. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I have a Hova....altho it may be ancient...I usually have between a 95 and 100% hatch rate. No fan, no turner....


  10. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

    Aug 22, 2007
    Spokane, Wa.
    I just saw one of those for sale on our local craigslist.. kinda kool lookin... they said they were not sure it worked though [​IMG]

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