Should I change the thermostat on my new Hovabator or wait?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by featherfriendlyinIowa52, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. featherfriendlyinIowa52

    featherfriendlyinIowa52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time incubating. Hovabator's info states thermostat is set at 101.5 and that this should not be changed unless (unless what I don't remember). I'm setting eggs at the end of the week and have been trying to stabilize at 99.5 degrees & 60% humidity as suggested knowledgeable breeders here. I've had my bator plugged in for over 2 days and right now built in thermostat (at top) reads 100.1, has never reached 100.5. My digital thermometer/hydrometer restin on my egg turner reads 97.8 degrees w/ 57% humidity. I'm happy with the humidity but I know 97.8 is too low (last night after adding warm water earlier this went up to 98.4 but still not high enough). Should I raise the hovabator's thermostat 1/2 degree or wait a while to see if the temp improves? Your help is appreciated.
     
  2. Baggagolers

    Baggagolers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First I would put another thermometer in alongside the digital and see if they read the same. My digital went whacky as soon as I went into lock down. It was driving me nuts! I had three thermometers all giving me different readings. I went with the two that were the closest. Hope it helps.
     
  3. featherfriendlyinIowa52

    featherfriendlyinIowa52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I kinda thought about running to town for a different brand. I suppose the temp will differ a little all over the bator too.
     

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