Max temperature on a homemade Styrofoam incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AlphaLupa, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. AlphaLupa

    AlphaLupa New Egg

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    I made an incubator out of Styrofoam panels and am on day 3. My temp has been jumping into 102s every afternoon and today just didn't want to go back down. A lot of sources online say 102 degrees is actually ideal for still air, but a lot say 101. What is the max temp I need to worry about before adjusting something? At night it gets to 100s so I hate to change too much. I'll be gone tomorrow so it'll stay at 102 for longer. It's 102.4 right now and I opened to turn the eggs to lower temp. Is this temp okay?
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I was just reading an article about temps; earlier on the embryos are less affected by lower temps but more sensitive to higher temps, if I recall correctly. In any case, what I would focus on is figuring out why the temp is going up. Is the incubator in a closet, or is it in a room with windows (I am guessing the latter)?
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    What type thermostat are you using to control the heat??
     
  4. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 104F (internal temp.) egg cells began to break down. This being said I would try to keep it from 99.5F at the lowest to 101F at the very highest.
     
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  5. AlphaLupa

    AlphaLupa New Egg

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    It is in a windowless hallway where the temperature is very stable.
     
  6. AlphaLupa

    AlphaLupa New Egg

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    Just a 25watt bulb and I adjust the holes with tape.
     
  7. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    That's why you have a spike---not using a thermostat. It can be done if "you" become the thermostat---you watch it OFTEN and you adjust every time it is not right. I have to do a lot of other things and do not have time to monitor my incubator every little while so I spend a few bucks and add a thermostat. Good Luck
     

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