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Need help..Holding eggs prior to incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sideplate, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. sideplate

    sideplate Hatching

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    Someone please give me some ideas on how to build or purchase a device to hold my hatching eggs prior to setting. All the experts recommend holding eggs at a temperature of 50-60 degrees F and not going more than 7-10 days. I only need to hold them 3 days, but my problem is the temperature.
    I have tried old refrigerators, but they will not get up to the 50 degree mark (too cold). Where I live in the South East, we are still getting daytime temps in the high 80’s to 90 and nighttime temps in the upper 60’s. I have no area that stays cool in the 50-60 degree range.
    Any clever contraptions out there????

    Thanks for the help in advance

    Ken
     

  2. KDbeads

    KDbeads Songster

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    I stuck mine in the pantry where the cats couldn't get to them for 5 days and it was in the upper 90's that week. I keep my AC on 80 and so far 4 of the 5 are fine, due to hatch 9/23.
     
  3. iamcuriositycat

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    BONUS: I just read the description further. Apparently, the Haier Thermal Electric 6 Bottle Wine Cooler I not only holds your red or white wines at the perfect temperature, it also "protects your wines from the harmful vibrations of compressor cooling... featuring a thermal electric cooling system that will not disturb the sediments in your wine" [​IMG]. Well, at least you'll know it won't jiggle your hatching eggs around too much!
     
  5. iamcuriositycat

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    P.S. For holding less than 7 days, the temp is really not that crucial. You'll be fine at standard room temp--just think, a broody doesn't have the benefit of a wine cooler, regardless much more fun that might be for her. [​IMG]
     
  6. sideplate

    sideplate Hatching

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    Hey, Thats a great idea!! I realize it may be overkill for just the 3 days, but I set about 200 eggs at a time and need the hatch to be as high percentage as possible. I'm trying to be "over the top" careful. Thanks for the great idea!!!!


    Ken
     
  7. sideplate

    sideplate Hatching

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    Found a 25 bottle wine cooler on Craigs List for $50.00!!! It works great. Holds temp right at 55-60.

    Great idea...again thank you
     

  8. iamcuriositycat

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    Wow, cool find! Glad it's working for you. [​IMG] Funny thing--I just looked at someone's incubator design on here, based on a wine cooler--makes sense--other than the direction of temp (cooling rather than heating), a wine cooler & an incubator already have a lot in common. Wish I could remember whose design it was.

    Anyway, I'm glad you found that and it's working for you. [​IMG]
     
  9. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Egg cartons in a closet work, too. I got 100% hatch rates with eggs stored that way. But if you like fancy (I do too) then go ahead!
     

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