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Incuabator Temperature Wont Stay

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

  1. ddeans

    ddeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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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

    ddeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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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

    ddeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    ddeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    ddeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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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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