Question about using 2 incubators

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by EpicBlueAcres, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. EpicBlueAcres

    EpicBlueAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This year we have gotten alot alot of orders for chicks (first yr shipping) so I decided to try the 2 incubator set up I have heard of some using. The eggs are in my hovorbator incubator for days 1-17 then I move them over to my more high tech full view incuview incubator for lockdown. My eggs looked perfect when going into lockdown, humidity at 70% and temp at 99.5 but nothing happening & today is day 22. What went wrong?
    The only thing I can think of is I have the temp at 100-101 in the First incubator as its a still air & the 2nd is a fan circulation set at recommend 99.5. Could that temp change have killed them? Should I just match up the temps? Or do I need a circulation incubator for my day 1-17 as well?
    FYI I have had perfect hatches in both incubators when using start to finish. This is my first hatch trying to rotation idea. The reason I am trying this is I have lost chicks that had zip trouble that I was not able to see in the hovorbator incubator, but that holds 47+ eggs & the incuview only holds 27 eggs. So with the rotation I can hatch eggs every week. Thanks for any help as I very important eggs going into lockdown on Thursday.
     
  2. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use separate hatchers that I transfer eggs into. My incubators and hatchers have fans, but I often unplug them in the hatchers because I think the fan can be harsh while hatching. If I had your set-up I would switch the fan (if possible) to the incubator or get a fan for your incubator and see if that makes a difference... to have more uniform conditions in both. I just use a computer fan with a cell phone charger to power it. When I turn off the fan in my hatchers, I still keep the temp between 99 to 100 and it doesn't bother anyone.
     
  3. EpicBlueAcres

    EpicBlueAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thankyou so much! Unfortunately the fan is not detachable, will look into the computer fan for the other one. You don't happen to have a photo of yours? Is it attached to the top/lid?
     
  4. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a hovorbator, but the fans do attach to the lid. I have heard of people using zip ties. It is usually cheaper to get a computer fan and cord ( I usually have a few from phones that have died) than to buy an official fan kit, but the kit fans probably just plug right in. I hope you get it sorted out soon... bad hatches suck.
     
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  5. EpicBlueAcres

    EpicBlueAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Going to order one now
     
  6. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck!
     
  7. EpicBlueAcres

    EpicBlueAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually had this 1 hatch (day 23)
     
  8. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is the cutest thing ever! I hope it gets a friend. They are all like little egg cupcakes, I think that is the fanciest hatcher ever.
     

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