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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Countrywife, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

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    OK, so I have the eggs in the bator, its an LG 9200 with a fan and a turner. When I add water to get the humidity up the temperature drops. When I am at work and the water evaporates the temperature spikes. I am having swings from 98 to 102. The more I mess with the temp, the worse the swings. So, do I leave it a bit on the low side so when it goes up during the day it stays below the 101-102 mark, or do I set it a bit high so it doesn't fall below the 99 mark?

    I have been through my chicken for dummies book, and looked on the board, but not finding any answers. I am in Carolina if that helps, and right now we are going from 40 degrees to 80 in a day.

    Please help

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  2. hunter1hall

    hunter1hall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont worry so much about the humidity during the first eighteen days. As long as you keep it around 30-40 you should be alright. As far as the temperature dropping when adding water, try to add water that is really warm, try to get it as close to 100 as you can. When you switch to hatching, try putting a couple sponges in addition to the normal amount of water . If your humidity falls below 65 after you do this, i always keep a spray bottle on hand and spray 7 or 8 sprays through the vent hole. Just make sure you dont put any eggs directly under the hole. This has worked for me. As for the temperature spikes. In my opinion, you are far better to have a temp that falls below 99 than one that climbs above 102, especially in a forced air situation. Just curious, how often do you have to add water to your incubator?
     

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