Incubator temps keep flucuating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JennH07, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. JennH07

    JennH07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My DH and I made an incubator using a hot water thermostat. The temp goes up to 100 and then drops down to 95 and back up again. It's been doing this now for 24 hrs and I can not get it to settle. I can not put eggs in here can I?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I wouldn't do it......
     
  3. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How fast does it do that? Mine flucuates some too but it has never been a problem.
     
  4. JennH07

    JennH07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure exactly, I'll time it. How often does your flucuate?
     
  5. sixshooter60

    sixshooter60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you will drill two holes in the back of the housing to let the air in better it will solve your problem
     
  6. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've never time it. It used to be dead on and then a friend borrowed my incubator and it's been a little off ever since. I've never worried about it as long as the hottest temp doesn't get too hot.
     
  7. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you have a couple of choices, first get the temp stable before ever setting eggs. To help fix the thermostat you can drill a couple of small holes in the black bakelite plastic to allow a little better airflow over the metal disc. That usually works but not the best, a better way is to change to a wafer thermostat which you can get quick on ebay. Or even better get a zoo med repti-temp 500 thermostat on the internet for about $30. they are very accurate. However you do it get the temps stable before you set eggs.
     

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