Q on a homemade bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by siz8003, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. siz8003

    siz8003 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Fitz.,NH
    I have just killed my DH cooler for nothing [​IMG] I did what you all did with the same stuff but the temp are nuts it is off at 102 and on at 94 should i try to change to a diff termo? [​IMG] I have checked and re checked all of the posts on this subject and i just am at a loss
     
  2. Hi!
    What are you using as a heating element / thermostat?
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Isnt the temp in the incubator supposed to cycle up and down? But the internal temp of the egg to stay constant. that is why we put 2 thermometers in there? I hope someone that knows answers this because I also need to know.
     
  4. siz8003

    siz8003 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Fitz.,NH
    I have thied the water heater one (2 diferent kinds) and the dimmer switch
     
  5. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    Maine
    tiki is correct. It doesn't matter so much what your ambient temp is. That IS going to cycle up and down (and depending on how sensitive your thermom is, it could be quite a spread in temps.). What matters is that the temp in your water weasel stays around 99.5-100.
     
  6. siz8003

    siz8003 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Fitz.,NH
    [​IMG][​IMG]this is what it looks like can someone tell me if i did something wrong[​IMG]
     
  7. siz8003

    siz8003 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Fitz.,NH
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  8. hart31

    hart31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a thermometer with a probe inside of a water wiggler? I can't tell by your photos. It is the temp inside the eggs (represented by the wiggler) that needs to stay constant. The air temp can fluctuate quite a bit without changing the egg temp
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You need a better thermometer for one thing. Those white plastic ones from walmart for $5 are VERY unpredictable and usually off by 3 or more degrees.

    You will need something to lift the eggs off the bottom of the cooler so that air flow can move around the eggs.

    Your thermostat needs to be at the level the eggs will rest so that you can more correctly adjust for the temp away from the light bulb.

    The temps will cycle up and down but the egg temp is what needs to be more constant.

    Air temps change quickly. What you are counting on is liquids (the inside of the eggs and what you are measuring in the wiggler) ability to maintain heat and not change as drastically as the ambient air temps.
     
  10. siz8003

    siz8003 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Fitz.,NH
    ok i will do all that and see what we get and i think the thermometers are ok i tested them with 3 others and they all said the same but i will get more to be on the safe side
     

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