opening incubator? Hova 1588 ques

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ebonykawai, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm getting the Hovabator 1588, but not an egg turner (I want to turn them myself). I'm assuming it's fine to open the incubator to turn them, right? So long as it doesn't take very long?

    Also, with the 1588, which is pre-set, does it change its humidity all by itself after 18 days, or do you need to adjust it? Thanks!
     
  2. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Yes you can open the bator to turn the eggs, but stop opening it when you stop turning on day 18.

    No it doesn't adjust the humidity. You have to add water and keep an eye on the humidity. [​IMG]
     
  3. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you!
     
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Turning eggs is only fun for the first 2 days. Then it becomes a major pain.

    I love my 1588 but you do have to watch the humidity. Start it up and run it for awhile before you put eggs in it. It tells you to fill trough "C" with water. That worked great for my first hatch, but it's not working good for this one. Humidity is too high. I'm only filling one of the little extra troughs now and it's working really good.

    Get a good hygrometer too. Spend the extra money and get one from a cigar store, or the caliber III off ebay.
     
  5. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great to know, thanks!

    I'll only have a dozen eggs, so I'll be OK with it. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2008
  6. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does it make any noise? Can I set it up in my bedroom?
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It has a hummm.
     
  8. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    It's not too horrible without the turner, but it does make some noise
     
  9. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    I am with LoneCowboy. I filled trough "C" per instructions also and the humidity was 65 - 70%. I ended up draining it, and filling the center square trough and now it stays perfectly at 45%
     
  10. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the info, I'll give mine a test run and see how the humidity is. [​IMG]

    ETA: How often do you have to fill the water? How long does it last in the trough?
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2008

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