Little Giant incubator question from a first-timer

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by freemotion, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. freemotion

    freemotion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The incubator has four little holes in the bottom and the place you put water is in the middle, under the egg turner. It is pretty difficult to get water in there without moving the turner and the whole thing cools down for a couple of hours after adding water. We haven't added eggs yet as we are figuring out the incubator. At someone's advice, we added a computer fan.

    Can we plug the holes in the bottom so that we can just add the water around the outside of the bottom? Or are these holes needed for air circulation?
     
  2. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Run a peice of aquairum tubing to the wells and use a syringe to add water you can get syringes at the feed store. also add a sponge and some paper towel on the wire more surface moisture = higher humidity. You dont have to worry much about the humidity til lockdown. I run dry hatch til lockdown. This way you dont have to open the incubator during lockdown.
     
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  3. freemotion

    freemotion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Should the computer fan (12v) be wired for 12 v (fast turning) or as suggested by someone else, to a cell phone charger (5v) for a slower fan? At 5 v it barely seemed to move the air but at 12 v it seems to cool the incubator by evaporating the water too quickly. We added the fan to avoid hot spots, but I've never seen an incubator up close and personal before so I'm not sure how it is supposed to be.
     
  4. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do no tknow about the fan...sorry
    But am wondering if you are adding warm water.Cold could cause your temp to go down.
    Good Luck and have fun
     
  5. kvmommy

    kvmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about the fan either, but I agree about the water. I actually use very hot water and it doesn't seem to affect the temp at all.
     
  6. freemotion

    freemotion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Adding warm water.....I suspect the fan is over-cooling things at 12v. Computers are hot stuff.
     

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