Is this a stupid decision??? - leaving eggs in turner -

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GracefulBantams, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    I have a Hova-Bator incubator with turbo fan and turner that I am using as the main Incubator, then I have a homemade styrofoam-box-with-light bulb one that I am using as the hatcher. Well the homemade one is doing a pretty awful job of keeping the temperature right (including a spike to 120*F [​IMG] ), so I decided to try just leaving all the eggs in the Hova-bator and in the turner.
    I am doing a staggered hatch, so I only have the first 7 eggs in the hatcher right now, but I am afraid that I have already lost them b/c of the temperature trouble [​IMG]
    So, if I leave them in the Hova-bator they are going to have to be continually turning in the turner. I have heard of hatches like this that worked, but... IDK...
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    When is your hatch due?

    Can you rewire the homemade bator using 2 smaller watt bulbs?

    What thermostat are you using?
     
  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you take a couple of the turners out? I know mine are removable. Then make a card board barrier or wall to keep the chicks that hatch on one side of the bator?
     
  4. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    Quote:These first 7 eggs should hatch tomorrow (if I haven't already killed them!!)
    But, it is all different dates after that :eek:


    Quote:Ummm... possibly.


    Quote:I am using some kind of dimmer switch, if that is what you mean.




    Quote:At first I thought "I only have one turner [​IMG]" Then I realized you are probably talking about taking a couple of rows out of it [​IMG] Humm... if they would come out, that might just be about the greatest idea ever [​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    When the hatch is over think about wiring in a thermostat to control the heat to make it consistant, it will work much better than a dimmer switch.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree with rooster-red. You might also consider using a wafer thermostat as opposed to the hot water heater one if you want more control over it. GQF , the makers of hovabator, have the complete thermostat assembly on their website for around $15.
     
  7. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    Okay, thanks, you two. That would be a better setup, I am sure [​IMG]
     

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