Stupid LG, how do I get the temp to settle?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BLaBauve, May 20, 2010.

  1. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    I had to buy another incubator today because I have eggs that need to go in and a hatch taking place in a hovabator. I CANNOT get the temperature to level out at all in this LG. It goes from 95 to 105 in no time. Any tricks or tips? I need the eggs to go in here for a week until I can put them in my stable hovabator.


  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Buy a different bator. [​IMG] People seem to have nothing but trouble with those things.
  3. HennyJenny

    HennyJenny Songster

    Dec 26, 2009
    Bennington, NE
    The temperature trick with the LG's is to get them somewhere where there are no drafts. Let it sit for an hour or so and see where it stops. Adjust up or down just by a hair - literally - if you can feel it turn you've gone too far. Once you get it to your temperature - don't touch it again and when you do (and you will) move it just a hair at a time and then leave it sit for 30 minutes to see where it ends up. I'm having much better luck with mine running it closer to 102 than 99.5. At night I wrap a towel around it without covering up the holes on top. Use the vent plugs on top to adjust temp and humidity as well. I think the LG's are a practice practice practice item. They are also a quit lifting the lid off the bator and messing around with the eggs item. They do much better the less movement you make with the temperature knob and the less opening of the incubator you do.

    I'm certainly not a very experienced hatcher - but I have noticed out of the 5 hatches I've done this year - that with each successive hatch, the less I mess around with the incubator, the better the hatch.

    Hope that helps. Good luck!
  4. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    Thats exactly what I do Jenny I dont even candle until lockdown. I candle as I take the turner out. I have had very successful hatches this way it works for me.
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I am certainly glad to see people who have experience with the devil can help!!!!
  6. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Well as soon as my other incubator is vacant the eggs are going in there! The LG changes temperature when you walk by it!
  7. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Songster

    Feb 20, 2009
    I kept mine wrapped in a towel just around the sides with two heavy textbooks over the thermostat/part of the windows. This helped maintain even temps. I bought weatherstripping at the hardware store and a computer fan at staples. I didn't have the foresight to install them before I started incubating my duck eggs but now that that hatch is done I'll install them before I incubate in it again. Even without the weatherstripping and fan I was quite impressed by my hatch; I was expecting terrible results with the LG, but not so! Good luck!

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