temp in hovabator 1588

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hippichick, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. hippichick

    hippichick Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I just bought a hovabator 1588 forced air bator with a turner..What should the temp be during incubation?
  2. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT

    This incubator is pre-set to the correct temperature. It is so easy to use!! I have one and love it!
  3. hippichick

    hippichick Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I know it's pre-set, but when I got it in, I set it up and turned it on and for 2 days, the temp never got past 98.5. So we increased the temp, and now it's reading right around 100. So, is a temp of 100 good?
  4. ChickNLittle

    ChickNLittle Songster

    Mar 22, 2008
    Folkston, Georgia
    I have a "still air" hovabator, 100 seems to be the magic number. Some people say still airs should be 101-102.5. Every time I tried to get it higher than 100 it ended up to be 105 so I left it alone at 100 and everything turned out just right. I'm not sure about forced air machines.
  5. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    Normally they are pre-set to the right temp. Sometimes you do have to adjust them but be sure you have a good thermometer. Even then, the best gauge is what your hatches are like. When I got my 1588 I had to adjust it all the way down to the lowest switch setting. I believe this to be very rare. My hatches are right on time at 21 days and my thermometer reads between 99.5 and 100.0 all the time.

  6. hippichick

    hippichick Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I know in the instruction manual it says that sometimes you have to adjust the temp. But it also says that the preset thermostat normally has a better accuracy than the thermometer supplied. So I'm wondering if I should reset it to the factory setting. I ordered these eggs and I really don't want to chance it. The thermometer that came with the hovabator reads about 100.5 and the digital thermometer/hydrometer reads 100.2. What should I do?
  7. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    I do remember a post from Miss Prissy indicating that she got a defective Genesis from the company. The point was that they replaced it immediately, but I wonder if she would chime in here and let us know what it was about that 'bator that was defective???

    It might put new owners' minds to rest about what to look for and what issues might indicate a problem....


  8. hippichick

    hippichick Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I don't know that's it's defective. Maybe I was too quick to up the temp. Maybe should have left it at the factory setting. I just really don't want to take a chance on these eggs. I should have waited to order them, and tried my barnyard mix eggs in the hovabator for the first time. I've just been reading how easy the hovabator is to use----just fill tray with water, plug and go---so I figured it was foolproof. After the LG nightmare, I am ready for foolproof! Anyway, I would welcome Ms Prissy's advice on this.......I know she's an expert on the hovabator.

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