Incubator only goes up to 98.4

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Kozi, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Keep it...98° is good enough.

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  2. Get a better incubator

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  1. Kozi

    Kozi In the Brooder

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    I just got Bobwhite eggs to hatch with my first graders. We have hatched ducks and chicken in the past. Anyway, my incubator is only going up to 98.4°. Bobwhite eggs need 99.5 from everything I read. Is it okay to incubate at this somewhat lower temperature, or should I invest in a new incubator?
     
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  2. crazy4ChickensNducks

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  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    What incubator do you have and are you trusting the thermometer that came with the incubator or do you have a calibrated one inside it?
     
  4. Kozi

    Kozi In the Brooder

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    The incubator says 38°C (the highest it will go) The inside thermometers (I have both digital and mercury) both say 36.9 (98.4°F).
     
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  5. feedman77

    feedman77 Crowing

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    What type of incubator?

    Things to check make sure it's not catching a draft.
    If you can wrap a towel around and over it to act like insulation.
    Maybe close down vent holes some if they are open.
     
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  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Do you have the bator in a cold room?
    Where about in the world do you live?
    Can you post a picture of your set up?
     
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  7. 007Sean

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    They will hatch at 98°F, it will just take about a day and a half longer, so look at 26 -27 days to pip/hatch. Bob's take 24 days to hatch, if incubated at 99.5°F.
    If the room your incubator is in is too cool, or fluctuates greatly, the bator will have difficulty keeping a consistent temp.
     
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  8. Kozi

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    I live in Chicago. Its 72-78° in my classroom (ac kicks on at 78). I have a very small incubator. I'll post pics tomorrow, and I'll try the towel trick @feedman77 thank you. Thanks for your help, everybody! <3<3
     
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  9. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

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    Alot of cheap incubators sometimes need a towel wrapped around them to come up to temperature, Or so ive heard!

    iam noo expert by anymeans ide hate to see your temps go too high, ide let it run a day or two with humidy and everything before setting the eggs and make sure its consistent

    And calibrated the termometers is realy easy and soo important

    good luck!
     
  10. Jessi.Smith

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    Mine wouldn't go up, just like yours. I unplugged it then plugged it back in and that is all it took.

    The temp does fluctuate with the outside temperature, so I keep a close eye on it and a towel wrapped around it.

    Good luck!!!!
     
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