Just set my first eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Urbanchickenfarmer, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. Urbanchickenfarmer

    Urbanchickenfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    I just put eggs in the incubator and this is my first time incubating.... hopefully they do well.
    The temp never wants to stay at temp though. it be at 99.5 F but then ill go back later and itll be at 100 or 101 so i have to crack it. then itll go to 98.8 and wont go back up so i have to turn it back up. i let it sit for two days and it stayed at temp. but when i opened it to put the eggs in it didnt go back to 99.5 so i have been tweaking it all day. ugh
  2. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    southwest Virginia
    Good luck and what kind of incubator you trying with
  3. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    If it is a foam incubator and doesn't have a fan, you'll want it to be 102 degrees level with the top of the eggs.
    Foam incubators without a fan are often warmer at the top & cooler at the bottom.
    You should be able to set the thermostat and not have to touch it again. If you are having trouble keeping the temp stable, you should check the area that the 'bator is in.
    I kept my LG in a spare room without drafts or direct sunlight. I would set the temp a couple days before I set my eggs & then I wouldn't touch the dial until they hatched. The temp will fluctuate a little. (It usually was a little cooler at night.)
    It isn't a good idea to get in the habit of opening the incubator to decrease the temp, though. Opening the 'bator decreases your humidity which can affect your hatch rate.
    This is, of course, assuming you have a foam incubator... without a fan.
  4. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    hmm, mine worse. 36-42 in celcius.

    good luck with them.
  5. Urbanchickenfarmer

    Urbanchickenfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    mine has a fan. i figured out that it was because the electric thermometer takes time to read the temperature. there is a sensor that is meant to go outside and one for the actually electronic component. the sensor fluctuates faster thats why i was getting two different temps. but its all good now

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