I forgot to turn on the "cooling" feature on Day 8....now day 14

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pine Roost, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Pine Roost

    Pine Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Brinsea Mini Advanced and the instrusction recommended to turn on the cooling feature on day 8 for 120 mins a day. It is now day 14 and I am wondering if I should turn it on now....or just let them be. Does anyone have eny experience with not using cooling feature or using it late??

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    No experience about doing it late but if recommended it couldn't hurt to start it now.
    Mine isn't automatic but if I think about it I'll turn mine off for about 30 minutes a day.
    A hen gets off of the nest once a day so that simulates nature.
     
  3. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The cooling feature is something relative new in incubation. Waterfowl breeders started doing it 4-5 years ago & it seem to help their hatch rates. I'm not sure it is required with chicken eggs, although It's not a bad idea. I would think it wouldn't make any difference if you use it or not - it's kind of a judgment call.. Personally I don't see the need.
     
  4. BantyChickenLuv

    BantyChickenLuv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same incubator. I had the cooling feature on for 45 minutes each day starting from day one and had a 100% hatch rate. It wouldn't hurt to start now.
     

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