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Incubator temperature under 100 deg.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dorthal, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. dorthal

    dorthal In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
    North Alabama
    I have had eggs in my incubator and the temperature was between 99 and 99.5 degrees. Is that too cool? How will that affect my hatch? Also the chicken eggs I have in there are my little showgirl's second round of eggs. Yesterday, one was peeping and this morning when I got up, it had zipped 3/4 of the way around and died. Is it my temperature, or what?

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    How is your humidity? That is the factor that matters most when they are hatching.

    There are any number of reasons why it could have died.

    99.5 is perfect for a still air. 99 is OK too, they just take longer to develop.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  3. dorthal

    dorthal In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
    North Alabama
    Quote:Humidity is at 77 percent. How bad am I off?
  4. rebel yell

    rebel yell Songster

    Jun 27, 2010
    humidity ain't bad, but good temp for a still air bator is 101 at the top of the eggs.
  5. plecostrum

    plecostrum Songster

    May 6, 2010
    is this a diy bator or a brought one?

    just for reference i havent got to hatch day yet and am concerned as my temps are all over the shop with 3 different thermostats my glass ones says 102 and the digital 98 so i am going that is ok on average. i have a diy bator 2 bulbs and fans.

    did anything else hatch etc or did they all die? or is that the first one?

    and i know this may sound silly but is your thermostat hygrometer inside the incubator as i was making that mistake taking readings from the unit and only had the probe inside lol the unit itself is the hygrometer lol no damage done there tho it was day 3 lol just a bit too much water but all adjusted now.
  6. dorthal

    dorthal In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
    North Alabama
    Quote:My incubator is a styrofoam still-air(bought). That was the first, all my eggs are different dates, because I only have one Showgirl and she was laying ever other day and everywhere but her nest. I collected and put in incubator. I have another incubator heated up and I put them in it on the 18th day for hatching. She is laying in her nest now, she has 6 eggs so far, but no sign of going broody. I have two eggs that appear to have chicks, due to hatch yesterday and today. No peeps yet. I have six more eggs in the bator, I am worried about all of them. I have adjusted temperature on bator and not it is at 101deg.

    My thermometers and inside the incubators, top of eggs. Hygrometer inside also.

    Thanks to all.
  7. dorthal

    dorthal In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
    North Alabama
    Quote:How much longer? Mine were usually hatching early, because I was at 102, I like that better, but this bator's control is so sensitive.

  8. pascopol

    pascopol Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay

    99.5 is perfect for forced air incubator. For still air it is way too low.

    That's what all the books say.
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    101 for still air when measured at the top of the egg.
  10. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    many will tell you that 77 percent humdity especially in a styro bator is too high and you may be drowning your chicks

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