Styrofoam Incubators Club

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by beetandsteet, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. Hovabator

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  2. Little Giant--manual controls

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  3. Little Giant--digital controls

    39 vote(s)
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  4. Farm innovators

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  1. PCalvin

    PCalvin New Egg

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    I am just finishing up a hatch with a little giant 10200 (forced air, manual temp adjust) with so so results. I think i have traced the problem to the manual "thermostat" not being a thermostat at all, but merely a timer circuit. Most people remedy this by keeping the room temp stable, therefore the heating rates stable. I stole the temperature control off of my kegerator for the late hatchers, it's the same one as in this link:


    http://www.backyardchickenelearning.com/improving-little-giant-still-air-incubator/

    Once they are out i will open up the cover and check the circuit for an actual temp sensor to confirm.
     
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  2. PCalvin

    PCalvin New Egg

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    double post
     
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  3. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Anddd we have 2 pips!! :yiipchick
     
  4. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are right; I have observed the same thing. That's why keeping the room's temperature stable is so critical to getting a good hatch.
     
  5. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YAY! I have 26 eggs in mine due to hatch this weekend.
     
  6. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Today is actually only day 18, but these are bantams. I was not expecting this, so humidity is only at 47%. I hope they are OK..... :fl
     
  7. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert but you need to bump that humidity up fast (I like to use warm wet rags!) , especially if you incubated "dry." Lost a quarter of a previous hatch due to too-low hatching humidity. Please show pictures when they've hatched!!!!!!!
     
  8. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Yep, I just put in a dish of water with papertowels to prevent drowning in it! :fl :fl


    Will do.... All 11 eggs made it to lockdown! So I really hope I have a good hatch. :fl
     
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  9. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    It is in fact a thermistor based thermostat control circuit but a very poorly and very cheaply designed one...

    There are something thing you can do to sorta help it out but you can't turn a Pinto into a Ferrari, without exceeding the cost of replacing the Pinto with the Ferrari...

    One thing that can help that is a cheap and free patch, is to unscrew the thermostat module and remove it, then take a bigger drill or knife and enlarge the hole that the variable resistor (aka adjustment knob) goes through so it no longer rubs, then reassemble... As designed (might vary by year) the foam rubs up against the resistor shaft so every time you handle the lid there is the possibility that the foam rubbing up against the shaft ever so slightly turns the shaft just that little bit, and due to the design this small turn of the shaft can have a big impact on temp stability... The same can happen due to changes in humidity and temp in the room that will cause the foam to expand and contract just that little bit and turn the knob... It might sound far fetched that this would happen but it can and does happen...

    FYI I'm a freelance electronics engineer by trade ;)
     
  10. PCalvin

    PCalvin New Egg

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    The foam CTE moving the resistor does make sense. I would have bet money there wasn't a sensor in there. Hopefully their digital controls are better, it would be nice if they had a calibration feature. I think I will stick to the $16 aquarium controllers.
     

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