Little Giant turner effects incubator by 3 degrees?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by marcuscarr, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. marcuscarr

    marcuscarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hit day 18 and removed the turner from my incubator and added two water trays, the humidity is now pushing 60, but the temp dropped to 96.8. It was like that overnight and we are tweeking it today to get it back up where it needs to be.

    I think the hot motor from the turner was adding 3 degrees of heat to the environment.

    Did I kill them all?

    Marcus
     
  2. fallenweeble

    fallenweeble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm inexperienced but based on other posts i would say no. i think what i've read is that a temp drop is safer than a temp spike.
    hopefully someone with more info and experience will be along shortly.
    hang in there!
     
  3. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
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    The eggs should be OK,
    It takes the eggs longer to cool down than it does the air around them.
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    How are you reading temps? The higher your thermometer the higher
    the temp will read. My LG's are inconsisten all the way around. A wiggler
    is the only true way to use one.
     
  5. marcuscarr

    marcuscarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the temp sensor in a wiggler, in the middle of the eggs. We have the wiggler temp up to 99.7 and we are fine tuning back to 99.5. So far, so good. Only a few days of anxiety left and we will have chicks!!!

    Marcus
     
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Your thermostat must have glitched. The eggs should be ok.
    WATCH THAT TEMP CLOSE!!!
     
  7. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did removing your turner cause you place your wiggler a bit lower in the incubator--say on the wire versus sitting on the turning rack?? If so, in a still air, placing the wiggler "lower" within the incubator will cause it to drop a few temps due to the air gradient within the bator.

    Im sure they'll be fine.
    Good luck--I am on Day 18 with Dipsys eggs.
     
  8. marcuscarr

    marcuscarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The wiggler probe is about 1/2 inch lower that it was before. The bator is forced air. I think the problem is that the 60 watt bulb just takes a long time to get it warmed up. We turned up the temp and brought the wiggler temp to 99.7, then backed off on the temp and the wiggler is at 99.5...we will continue to monitor.

    The bator seems to be very stable, unless I open it, then my readings are all over the board. The humidity is still only 59%. I am going to get a few sponges to set vertically in the water tray and see if I can get it up to 65-70%

    Marcus
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2008
  9. PurpleChicken

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    Light bulb???? What little giant do you have??? It must be an old one.
     
  10. marcuscarr

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