Incuabator Temperature Wont Stay

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ddeans, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. ddeans

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    I have a little giant incubator with the automatic egg turner thing in it. I am trying to get it to 99.5-100.0 as per what everyone here says. But I am not winning this battle.

    I have the little red things in the top, I put 2 thermometers in there because I thought the first one was messed up, but they both read the same. It started off at 86, so I turned the knob towards increase temp. Then it went to 105.6 so then I obviously turned it down, just a little and it dropped to 98 (after 2 hours) then I barely turned it up and it went to 102. I have been going up and down for 14 hours now trying to get it to 99.5 - 100 but I am not winning, no matter how little I turn that knob I cannot get it to get in that range. Do you think the incubator is bad?

    It is a still air incubator, and it is holding humidity at 63% for about 9 hours.

    I ordered one of the nice top brower models, but it hasn't come in yet.. [​IMG]

    And no, there are no eggs in it. Thank god, because I wouldn't want them getting a taste of the 4 seasons already.
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

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    If it's Still Air...101 to 102 range nothing higher.....Just keep tweaking a tiny bit each time....

    Humidity should be 40 to 50% range first 18 days

    60 to 70% range last 3 days....

    All this will drop if and when you first set your eggs in the bator so give it hours or a day to come back up to the correct temp and humidity....
     
  3. ddeans

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    So I can keep it at 101ish and be fine?

    And should I take some water out? How do you lower the humidity?
     
  4. PurpleChicken

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    Ok, to begin with temp fluctuation of 1 degree is normal.

    You must adjut the knob a TINY bit, then leave it for two hours.

    Another problem is there is nothing in it. Any empty bator is hard
    to regulate. Put 3 water bottles in it and go to sleep. In the morning
    make a final adjustment and you should be set. Remember a TINY
    turn. Those thermostats are super sensitive.

    The fan kit would help too.


    I have 3 LG's with fans and turners. I love them. I also have a Brinsea
    Octagon 40 ($500). I have learned to stabilize the temps in my LG's
    almost as well as the Brinsea holds temp.
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:101 is ok but it all depends on where the thermometer is. I hold mine
    at 101 with my digital thermometers taped to the windows.

    Did you pull out both red plugs on the top? Those regulate humidity.
    I keep all the water wells full all the time and use the red plugs.
     
  6. ddeans

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    I can't get a fan kit soon enough, I was supposed to have my newer incubator yesterday, and it hasn't even shipped yet.. I have eggs coming tomorrow or Saturday too. I will put a water bottle in it tonight ( as I only have 1) and check it again in the morning. Hopefully it is where it needs to be.

    Thanks so much for all the help!
     
  7. ddeans

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    Quote:I have one red cap in, my 2 year old lost the other. I have the hole shut though with a piece of plastic though. Should I remove them to lower humidity?
     
  8. ddeans

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    Also, my thermometers are right on the bottom. I am afraid to tape it, because they are heavy and I don't want it to break an egg.
     
  9. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:It will stabilize. Put a can of soda in it so you have mass. I usually use
    2 spring water bottles. Once you add the eggs you will be fine.

    LG's can be tricky but they can also work great. I have 60 quail, 14
    silkies, and 7 Denzuli eggs in my LG right now. My Brinsea is empty
    but will be a hatcher in a week.

    The Brower is a nice bator too. It's always good to have two bators,
    expecially in case one fails. Plus you can have staggered hatches with
    two, one as a bator and one as a hatcher.

    Best of luck
     
  10. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:If they are on the bottom i would try to keep them at 100. Still airs
    are always hotter up top. Egg level temps are critical.

    Do a search here for water wigglers. Those help a lot too.
     

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