temp and incubating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by duckielove, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. duckielove

    duckielove Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, was wondering if someone could help me with a question. What is the lowest temp reading on and for how long in the incubator would you read before you started to panic that they maynot hatch? I ask this because I have a home made bator and and having a horrible time during the day while i am at work keeping the temp above 90. I am not sure at what point during the day it drops so I cannot say for how long it is like that. We heat with a wood stove with no back heat source. Any and all help would be appreciated. thank You [​IMG]

    btw: there are no eggs in it right now but expecting some by the end of the week have had this up and running for almost a week.
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If the timp drops below 95 or above 105 at all something has to change. Have you tried putting it in an interior closet?

    What kind of setup do you have?
     
  3. duckielove

    duckielove Out Of The Brooder

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    we are using a fish/reptile tank with water in the bottom the eggs would be raised up. we have a 75 watt bulb and as long as we are home we can keep the temp constant. In answer to your question no we havnt tried a closet i would have thought they would be colder as the doors are always closed. The tank is here in the living room where the stove is.
     
  4. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    Really need a thermostatically controlled heat source... Also the tank would need to be insulated to reduce heat loss, otoh it will more than likely be hotter...
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    The closet is cooler but when you put the incubator in it it will slowly warm the closet to a stable temp. Once you have a stable temp in the incubator an closet the ups an downs of the rest of the house temp wont effect it as much. Are you using a thermostat or a dimmer?
     
  6. duckielove

    duckielove Out Of The Brooder

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    OIC... that does make sense, but my only concern with that is our floor is very cold we dont even go into the basement in the winter lol. No on the dimmer, but there is a thermostat on the stick to heat the water we have for the humidity
     
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  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I was just thinking that I would stuff a towel under the door. So why not cover the whole closet floor with towels to insulate it better.
     
  8. duckielove

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    OOoooOOo... what a great idea!! see this is why I ask here. People come up with things I would never think of.
     
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

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  10. cowman910

    cowman910 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    why dont you wrap the sides of the tank with tin foil it will reflect the heat back into the tank.
     

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