O.K. I can't regulate ANYTHING!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AnniesEggFarm, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I spent 3 days getting set up, finally get great #'s for 12 hours... Pop in the little buggers, on day 3 now and my temps and humidity are everywhere [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] .... I go from 98 to 103, humidity much worse..... By the time I get in stable and staying that way it is time to turn the eggs, then it happens all over again!!!! I have a hovabator, probably 20 years old, but only used twice by my husband in elem. school..... Any suggestions ? ? ? ? [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  2. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it a still air or forced air?
     
  3. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still air.... I am going to dry incubation, but right now would do about anything!!!

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  4. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you tried to place them in cardboard cartons with the top cut off and a dime size hole cut in each egg slot and place the eggs in the with the small end down and just tilt the cartons in the bator to 30 deg? that will make it faster to turn, or you can just tilt the hole bator to 30 deg if you place a real small sponge to hold water in place ( when eggs are in cartons) this is how i did it before i got a turner. and is your temps at 101?
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  5. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am considering putting them in egg cartons to speed up my turning process??? Good, Bad ??? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] ..... If I do that any suggestions on how???? Thanks [​IMG]

    I think I need to stop with the smiley faces....

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  6. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like we replied at the same time... I am aiming for 101, which I get when I am home baby sitting it... I think I will try the slant or egg cartons tomorrow a.m. with their next turn... I hope I haven't already caused too much damage..... [​IMG]

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  7. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they will be ok i am sure, just don't stress to much about the humidty, i aways aim for 30 to 40% for days 1-18, then 45-55% days 18-till hatch done, and have in all my bators now alto turners, but before i used that way and got real good hatches ( about 90%), but for less than ten buck you can take a pc fan and cell phone carger make it a forced air bator, take about five mimutes to do. but would not want to do in middle of haveing eggs in bator.
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  8. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I did the tilting method once with success. I put the eggs in cartons inside the incubator and put a piece of 2x4 underneath one side of the incubator to tilt the whole thing. Then I moved to to the other side to tilt the other way. Took about 5 seconds to change the tilt each time.

    I had a sponge inside directly underneath one of the vent holes so that I could use a syringe to dribble water onto the sponge without opening the incubator.

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  9. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the replies, I am putting them in cartons this morning [​IMG] Of course this morning i am at my target for everything, but that will change the second I try to flip the suckers.... What a nice little experiment! [​IMG]

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  10. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I put them in cartons and am going to do the angle thing... But I had 2 extra eggs and not enough room in bator for another carton so I cracked them and.... The are fertile!!!!!! Yippie, we were worried, we have never seen anybody doing the deed [​IMG] !!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

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