Setting Up the temperature in my incubator, ughhh!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by greenpeeps, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband wired the light and water thermostat that we picked up at homedepot yesterday, and now I have spent every free minute trying to get this *&%*temperature set correctly. Either it's to high or to low. My eggs should be here in a day or two so I'm starting to stress a little. Were using a fluke meter to measure the temperature and I have the wire from the meter about 1" away from the thermostat. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get this right?

    Thanks

    Oh the set up is a small foam cooler with a 25WT light bulb hanging from the lid ( secured), the thermostat is located on the side of the cooler on the same level as the egg rack, and I have a water bag (100deg.) on the bottom on the cooler.
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  2. chickenhawk73

    chickenhawk73 Out Of The Brooder

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    i had the same problem with a similar set up.i finally switchsd to a 40 watt bulb.it now holds between 99.2/99.9.however the temp still took about five hours to lock in.those thermostats seem to have about one degree of play in them
     
  3. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, i will try the 40wt bulb this morning

    Should I take the temp of a small egg size container of sand? I've read the temp swing should be fine if this temp stays 99.7 - 100.7 ?
     
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