Incubator troubles... UPDATE!!!!... added pics

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cavendish Chickens, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I have an LG 9200 Series. I know it's not the best, and I have used it before. BUT... For some reason I am getting bad readings on the humidity. I have the digital thermometer/hygrometer comb. You cannot take it apart for the salt test or anything. I know because I looked it up, and since it's digital you can't do it. The last time I used this kind of incubator, I filled the resevoirs (sp) and it was fine for days 1-18, then added a bowl of water to bring humidity up for days 19-21. Worked fine. Same digital thermometer/hygrometer combo. I didn't think the old one was working right, so we bought a new one, and it too is reading a low humidity. I have THREE bowls of water, plus the reseviors (sp) filled with water. AND BOTH vent plugs in, which during days 1-18 last time I only needed one, then added the second the last three days. When I open the incubator, my hand immediately gets damp. It seems to me that there is plenty of humidity, but I'm scared what if I'm wrong. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME! What should I do? I just bought the incubator yesterday, figured I'd be able to put my eggs in today... and this is going on. And yes, the temperature is reading properly. So why is the temp right, and not the humidity. ARGH!!!!

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    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You can calibrate a digital hygrometer the same way you do any other kind - no need to take it apart. Just put the salt/water in a mug or bowl, put that in a ziploc bag and put the hygrometer in the bag as well. Zip it closed, leave it for 24 hours and read it. If it reads 75%, it is perfectly calibrated. Any other reading, and you will know how much to adjust it up or down to obtain the correct reading.
     
  3. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
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    Well first off remove the bowls. The containers need to be rectangular, and since humidity is based off of surface area not volume a sponge or a small tupaware container will work good.
     
  4. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The dishes are Tupperware. I use Tupperware for everything. Used to sell it. I don't have any sponges. I may try to calibrate as mentioned above. I just hate waiting so long to put them in. The big egg, and two of the others having been waiting since Thursday, and the other two since yesterday. (I know that's not long egg wise... but it is to me... [​IMG] )
     
  5. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
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    why don't you just use the stock channels, and put a clean wet terry towel over them to raise humidity..?
     
  6. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are stock channels?
     
  7. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
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    i dunno... my friend's hovabator has water channels that go under the metal mesh screen... i'm not sure if the LG's have the same kind of deal...


    i had to use a lid for a salad from walmart for my incubator... it's like 10"x10" and holds an inch of water... but raises the humidity at 65% when full... i'm gonna use it for lock down...
     
  8. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Hiya! I have a cheat sheet on my BYC page- I use paper towels to raise my humidity, and I don't use a hygrometer anymore.

    I fill the channels in the bottom of the incubators with rolled-up paper towels, then lay one on top of the wire, so the water in the channels wicks up into the one on the wire. This will always be high enough, regardless of whether you have a hygrometer telling you so.

    I quit worrying about any gauge telling me if things were okay, as this works fine as long as the paper towels stay damp.

    Read my BYC page for more help, or pm me.

    Good luck!
     
  9. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Took out dishes and put in 5 sponges. Hope it works.... [​IMG]
     
  10. Jessiewoodard57

    Jessiewoodard57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The stock channels are the square channel and the 2 short ones (one on each side of the square channel)
     

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