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Incubator temp problem

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jnjmanning, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. jnjmanning

    jnjmanning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set my eggs on 2/16, hatch day was 3/9. On day 18 when I removed the eggs from the turner, my temp dropped. It took 3 days of constant adjusting to get it back up to 99.5. It is in a very cool basement, and the only way I can keep a constant temp now is to keep a towel on the bator. Temp is now staying between 98-99.5 I saw movement in my one white egg on Sunday. Should I get the temp up a little higher? Do I have any chance of a hatch? This is day 24!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Candle to check for internal pips and tap the eggs if you don't see anything when candling. Hold the eggs against your ear and tap them with your fingernail. You should hear the chick respond if it's alive. If you don't get a response and don't see the beak in the air sac you can make a small hole in the fat end of the egg, above the air sac line. Wet the membrane with a Q-tip and check for movement from the chick. If it's alive put it back in the incubator with the humidity up and read: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching

    Good luck!
     
  3. jnjmanning

    jnjmanning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, nothing was alive. Going to reset hopefully tonight. I do have another question. I have a hovabator 1602N and egg turner. When I put my thermostat in should the temp be the same at top of egg as it is laying on top of turner?
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I'm sorry to hear that [​IMG]
    If it's a still air incubator you measure the temperature at the top of the eggs. It should be 101*F. In a forced air incubator the temperature should be 99*F overall in the 'bator.
     
  5. jnjmanning

    jnjmanning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Thanks!!!!!! Its no wonder they didnt make it, temp started running 90-92 at top of eggs. Mine says thermal air so I assume its a still air. Getting it up to 101 now!
     
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    seventreesfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a forced air foam bator and it still has warm & cool spots. I have 4 thermometers if different areas and have moved them around to double-chick, and even with the fan on it's tough to get a steady temp.

    Good luck on your next try [​IMG]
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    A still air incubator hasn't got a fan in and a forced air incubator does. I'm not familiar with the model you are using, sorry!
     

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