My incubator can't seem to stay at one temp. Help!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ilikehorses2, May 25, 2012.

  1. My incubator is staying around 90-102. Is that ok for the chicks. This is my first time incubating and i'm still learning. The eggs have been in there for two days!![​IMG]
     
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  2. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    No it is not good. What kind of incubator do you have and where is it located? Try putting it in a closet. What day are you on? Your temperature should be between 99.5 and 100.
    Michele
     
  3. Sunny side up incubator and it is located in a dark corner. I had two eggs that cracked in it before and that is when the temps were going up and down. I got three non cracked eggs and put them in. Ever since that the temp is about 99.2 [​IMG]Is that ok.
    We are on day 2.
     
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  4. My incubator is now down in temp 89!!!![​IMG]
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    If the incubator is in a dark corner and still has temperature swings that wide is there a vent or something that is blowing on it from the a/c? Maybe you have a draft blowing from somewhere? This is why some folks favor closets. No a/c vents, no drafts, that sort of thing.
     
  6. I closed all the vents in the room and added tinfoil in. It is now100-101
     
  7. It is staying between 92-101. Are my chicks still alive!![​IMG]
     
  8. quintinp

    quintinp Songster

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    I'd say that they are, but that type of incubator doesn't have any means of regulating temperatures (a thermostat)

    You may need to make a styrofoam cooler incubator, if you are worried that this one is going to kill your eggs. I would love to help you build one with a manual egg turner.

    I could help you make one, but you will need to either buy, or have the supplies on hand.
     
  9. Im only doing 3 eggs. (my mom hates animals):rolleyes:
     
  10. mstricer

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    Sorry your mom hates animals. Mine did too when I was a kid also. It just means when you get older you can have lots. I have 2 dogs, 1 cat, a lot of chickens, 5 bunnies, 5 turkeys and 3 ducks and one duckling. Oh yeah two incubators full of eggs. Hang in there it will be fine.
    Michele
     

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