is 97 degrees fine?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by steve25, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. steve25

    steve25 In the Brooder

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    my homemade bator only reaches 97 degrees is this warm enough?
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Not really. Do you have a fan in it or is it still air? Still airs need to be 101-102 degrees and circulated air with a fan 99.5/100.
     
  3. rickerra

    rickerra Chirping

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    Tell us about your incubator. What watt bulb are you using? When you say "only reaches"... so the light never goes out and that's as high as the temps get? Are you using a thermostat or dimmer?

    You really need to get to 99-100 *average* temps... if you have a circulating fan.

    Cheers!
     
  4. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    No, Thats not enough [​IMG]
    Goodluck bringing up the temp
     
  5. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

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    If you are using a light bulb for the heat, try a larger wattage light bulb. You can also try wrapping the incubator in a blanket to get the heat up. Or, you might have to wait until Spring when temps are higher in the room where your incubator is....
     
  6. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

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    At best you will have a late hatch and a poor one. At worst you will have all of that plus some deformities. Get it to the correct temp if you can
     

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