little giant incubator.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FogHornLegHornWV, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. FogHornLegHornWV

    FogHornLegHornWV In the Brooder

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    I have a LG incubator,does not have fan ,anyone have any tips for using it? I do have a turner for it. Debating to try dry incubation or not. Thanks for info.
     
  2. johnwinters

    johnwinters In the Brooder

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    Just keep the water rings filled and run it at a constant temperature - I found a lizard thermometer with the probe on a long cord worked better then the one with it, though I don't use the egg turner either. I also glued a piece of wood on the temperature knob to make it easier to adjust.

    Good luck!

    JW
     
  3. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Songster

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    You'll find lovers and haters of the LG on here... personally I've had good luck with it. Some gal wrote a great 'how to', if you do a search for Little Giant Incubator it should come up.
    From experience:
    Throw away the thermometer it came with. Get a water-wiggler or have a temperature probe at egg level.
    Be sure to have it in a room with little temperature variation - right now mine is in my parent's basement.
    Get it up and running a week before you put eggs in it. It takes awhile to stabilize.
    Filling the bottom with rocks, pebbles, glass beads, etc (as a 'heat sink') - will help with temp swings.
    Dry incubation is your friend
    Turn the knob a HAIR, then WAIT!
    Watch for a temp decrease when you take out the auto-turner.

    That's all I can think of for now! [​IMG] Good luck!
     
  4. LilyD

    LilyD Crowing

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    ChooksChick is the one who made the cheat sheet for incubating with an LG. I use it every time I use mine and it works like a charm. The more draft free your space is the better the LG will work. Many people use a basement or closed because there are no drafts and it works better when the temp of the room stays steady.

    Here is the link to her sheet

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/we...f4&PHPSESSID=24edf233c822d53adf9ec69d785d8fb7
     
  5. hudsonnascarfan

    hudsonnascarfan Chirping

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    i have a lg with the egg turner in it what i did was put in a pc fan it really does help it to keep a even temp you can find them at any pc shop for around 12 to 15 bucks i put mine in and used a old cell phone charger to run the fan it works great some time soon im picking up a second one to use as a hatcher that way i wont have to sit on top of it when i take my eggs out of the turner and i can also run some stagered hatches that way too
     

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