little giant temp problems

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sjcummings, May 21, 2010.

  1. sjcummings

    sjcummings Out Of The Brooder

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    OK now I had bought a little giant with a fan to hatch eggs but have had some problems and was wondering how I could fix them. I set it up where there is no drafts, where nobody would bump it and where teps would stay at 70. thought I had it stable finally at 99.5 after a week of trying to set it. Well I put the eggs in and went to 95 and stayed there. adjusted the dial and got it to 100 well it was there for 3 days and then spiked at 104 killing all my seb eggs. tried it again with chicken eggs and a turner and did not touch it but it will keep temps for couple days then will lose temp or spike. I am also not using the thermometer that came with it using an auto one with temp and hydro. I had a little giant years ago but did not have a fan and it had almost a 100% hatch on chicken eggs. Is there anything I can do to fix these large shifts in temp or is this one junk and have to find a new one. I cant take it back dont have the receipt anymore and also dont see a number to call them.
     
  2. PintoPasoFino

    PintoPasoFino Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am by no means a seasoned hatcher or have much experience with the different kinds of incubators, but I too have a Little Giant.

    I got one because it was a cheap way to try my hand at incubating, and I don't intend to hatch a large volume of chicks.

    I just have the bare bones, no fan, no turner and a temp/hydo from Wal-mart. I have mine in the spare bathroom that is on the inside of the house with no windows.

    Same thing, I notice I can get the temp regulated but then when I put eggs in it lowers. I think it's the addition of more mass that causes the temp flux. Someone on here last year suggested to buy a dz eggs at the store and put them in the incubator and regulate the temps with them in, then switch the eggs out. I also heard that putting in little containers of sand or rocks will help with the temp too. The more mass, the better, I was told. I keep a few rocks in the incubator now, and have set it with store eggs in it. It does seem to help the temp. But I have adjusted the temp after adding eggs.

    I was warned that you sort of have to babysit this model and I have found that was true. It just happens I have a more flexible schedule and I am able to keep an eye on things as needed. I also have had some great hatches in it, been pleased. My eggs I have gotten shipped I haven't had the greatest luck with, but I always add in some eggs from my own chickens to see if it is the shipping or operator error and my eggs hatch fine! I used it all last summer and now this year and I have had great success hatching many kids of chickens, ducks, guineas, and also the latest was a goose egg.

    The temp dial is super sensitive and I know if I touch it I need to keep an eye on it every 10 minutes for the next hour, so I don't touch it unless I know I am there to monitor it. The less messing with it, the better, but if the weather outside fluxes a lot as it does here in the spring, it is mirrored in the incubator. I have slept on the couch several night just to be able to get up and check on things easily! You sort of have to watch the weather report and know if its going to be a warmer than usual day, keep a close eye on the temp. Same thing if they are calling for cooler weather, good indication that you need to watch the temps!

    I have had great hatching in mine, but yes, it needs an eye on it to make sure things are running the way it should. But now I am in the market for something a little better, a set it and leave it type model!
     

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