Question about using a LG still air incubator...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by redhen, May 31, 2011.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    So of course we lost the 2 red plugs that go in it to control humidity... (actually hubby lost them,.. [​IMG]..)

    I'm incubating seb goose eggs...
    We are using twisted up paper towels stuffed into where the red plugs would normally go... [​IMG]
    Today is day 1 of incubating..
    I have one hole plugged up... and left the other hole open...
    Is that correct? I never could figure out when to leave the plugs in..or take them out... [​IMG]
    Any help would be MUCH appreciated!
  2. LilyD

    LilyD Crowing

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bristol, VT
    My Coop
    Yes that's what the instructions say to do unless your humidity spikes too high then you can remove the other plug for more ventilation.
  3. ChickyChickyBaby

    ChickyChickyBaby Barefoot Bantams

    I do nothing by the instructions [​IMG]

    Sometimes I have one out, sometimes both out, sometimes both in. Depends on time of year here & what I have in there.

    Most of the time, one in and one out is the usual way I do it. If I have to get temps & humidity up, I add the other.
    About half way thru my temps rise some because of the eggs giving off heat, so I remove the other one then, and have none in until lockdown. Then add 1 on day 18, the other 12 hrs later if needed to help raise humidity more. I don't often use both plugs [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    the egg shipping foam for quail eggs has plugs that are pushed out to ship eggs I use the plugs with a slight twisting motion they "screw" right into my HB
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I leave both plugs in until I set the eggs for lock down then I take both plugs out. You can also put a piece of tape over the holes where the plugs go. I have a fan in my incubators. Here is what I use now. I just put some eggs in my incubator.
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I don't have your type of incubator and mine is a forced air, so take this for what it may be worth. The more the eggs develop, the more oxygen they need. How much they need depends on how many eggs you have in there too. With a still air, you are not going to get a lot of air exchange in the incubator, especially with the plugs in. If you don't fill it up with eggs, you might be OK with the plugs in, but I'd leave at least one out, especially later in the hatch when you have a lot of biomass in there. (How's that for using a fancy word?)
  7. mangled

    mangled Songster

    I plug both holes for the first 10 days or so. I take the second one out halfway through.

    I am missing both plugs, too. We use a strip of duct tape to cover the hole. Lol

  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:Niiiice!! [​IMG] You aint messing around, are ya!? [​IMG]
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Awesome, thanks for the help, everyone!! [​IMG]

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