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Temp got up to 103.... is it over?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wjallen05, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used the thermometer that came w/ the incubator and had it set right under 100 degrees. Yesterday I bought a digital therm that also reads the humidity level. When I put it in the bator, it went up to 103. I turned the bator down so the digital one is now reading 99. But, the other one is around 90. I put the regular therm outside this morning and it read 32 degrees. Online it said it was 29 degrees and our outdoor therm read 30. So, I know it is off by a few degrees. Anyway, so basically, the first 24 hours that the eggs were in the bator, it was around 102. Is it over for them or is there hope?
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2009
  2. rizq

    rizq Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Tennessee
    The thing about thermometers is that being off a few degrees at one temp does not necessarily mean only a few degrees at another temp. I believe they are exponential and the farther the temp is from freezing, the more the therm. will be off.
     
  3. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    you should still be still ok.... take a deep breath. get that thing dialed in and you should be fine.
     
  4. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    103 shouldn't be enough to cause problems -- just be extra vigilant about keeping the temp right from here on out
     
  5. rizq

    rizq Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Tennessee
    Also, those thermometers that come with the incubators are notoriously inaccurate. It may not hurt to pick up another thermometer (maybe a non-digital, I think the dial therms are supposed to be the most accurate?) to triple check the temp. Digital therms are not always accurate either. I would love to get a nice scientific therm myself ... someday [​IMG]
     
  6. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    They should be fine. I've had spikes of up to 108 and they were o.k. I find that between the styrofoam bator and the thermometer, it's hard to get a steady temp.

    It's recommended to keep the still air bator at 101 anyway so 102 or 103 isn't that far off for a short term spike.
     
  7. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    you should be ok, I had a spike that went up to 106 I was sure all were dead ran around for the whole day sying itd done they arent gonna hatch, but they did, they are strong determined little buggers! Good luck!
     
  8. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    no, not over. u should be ok.
     
  9. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hatched with an 80% success rate and my temps were all over- 98-104! The thermometor my hovabator always said about 4 whole degrees higher than my digital- go figure. So really, I have no idea what my real temps were [​IMG] You will be just fine!
     
  10. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    are you using the one that came with the bator, if so i would throw that one out. i didn't have a hatch out of my first two batches.... it was the one that came with it... now i have babies everywhere....
     

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