Just got my 'bator! (now what?) Pics and questions on how it works

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by IHeartCapnHook, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. IHeartCapnHook

    IHeartCapnHook Songster

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    So my BYC buddy sends me a link to the local CL with this incubator. For the price, I couldn't say no. TODAY I PICKED UP MY FIRST INCUBATOR!!!!! [​IMG]
    However, with no instruction book, I'm sort of at a loss. [​IMG]

    So here it is... It appears to read GQF Model 1500. It's kinda stinky and in my bedroom [​IMG]


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    How in the heck do you read this thing if it's both a thermo & humidity reader in one? How would I change temps if I needed to?? Isn't there supposed to be a something to put water in to make humidity?
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    There's no little basket thing up there? I don't even know what the basket thing is for [​IMG]
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    So, it's plugged in. The fan is running. It's stinky. Turner goes both way. I just set it to auto to make sure it's working properly.

    It also came with a TON of the little racks to hold eggs... big ones, small ones for quail. some for duck eggs. They threw in a bunch of dirty Styrofoam egg cartons and 5 old books on chicken raising.

    SSOOO..... anyone interested in helping me figure out how to use this stinky ole machine?!?!??!?!
     
  2. kandyg_99

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    You can download the manual on the GQF website..
     
  3. chickenwhisperer123

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    Looks good to me!! [​IMG]

    I really cant help...
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    Jason
     
  4. IHeartCapnHook

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    Unless I'm terribly confused (and that DOES happen A LOT), I can't find the manual on the website. It's an old model made before 2007 when they revamped it and made it digital. I've been looking on google and can't seem to find it... [​IMG]

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  5. kandyg_99

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  6. IHeartCapnHook

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    this is the only reference I have.... a half rubbed off sticker

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  7. kandyg_99

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    Did the link work on my previous post ?
     
  8. Davaroo

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    Its just a big heated box, so think of it as an oven. You already know the turner trays work.

    Plug it in and let it run while you gather a digital remote probe thermometer, hygrometer and a few water weasels.
    Put the temp probe into a water weasel and set it inside on one of the trays

    Adjust the temp to get the weasel to 100 degrees - odds are it's already close.
    Monitor the humidity on the hygrometer, and shoot for between 40-60 Rh. Add a bit of water to a shallow pan in the bottom until you get it in this range.

    Next, clean the stinky thing out and rinse with a mild bleach solution to disinfect.

    Now, read this:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-DryIncubation.html

    Now, read it again.

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    Once you've done all that, you are ready to hatch.
     
  9. IHeartCapnHook

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    It is similar but not the same. Mine doesn't have a temperature control??????

    Good news, it went from 96' to 102'... which would cook my eggs [​IMG]

    Bad news... there seems to be quite a few pieces missing... like the

    wafer thing
    humidity bucket
    hygrometer wick
    hatching tray
    and whatever else isn't there..


    Question... any idea HOW to change the temperature with this thing? It's obviously NOT like the one in the picture????

    Also, are these other things that I'm missing necessary??
     
  10. IHeartCapnHook

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    HOLY SMOKES!!! I have no idea what you just said! But from the link from kandy, I can tell you that I don't have all those fancy things that you just mentioned??? I don't have a digital remote probe unless that's what the little round thing at the top is? And I don't have a hygrometer??? And what is a water weasel???

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