temp range for hatchin

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rockrun, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. rockrun

    rockrun Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2012
    iv read the temp range is 98.5 to 100,iv made an incubator which i believe is at 100 right now at EGG level,how much can it vary,i can watch it during the day but what about night when the the temp drops outside.we have an old farm house and its NOT 72 degrees in here at night.were trying to hatch by christmas for grand kids and for eggs asap.we got our eggs from meyers today but im trying to make sure the bator stays consistant,iv had some temp issues with it.i havent put any water in it yet but i will in the morning. i dont think ill say anything to the grand kids,wait till day 18? or no?
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012
  2. emrldgrn1

    emrldgrn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Vass, NC
    Recommend temp range for chicken eggs is 99.6 to 102. It's best to try to keep your eggs between 99 and 100 anything higher is getting a bit risky. It would be best to maybe place a towel over the bator at night to try and minimize the temp fluctuations. The less fluctuation the better off you will be. Even if you do everything right you may still have a poor hatch. Sometimes I completely ignore mine and get a good hatch and other times I do everything by the book and get only one or two chicks. Just do your best, don't give up and if it doesn't go well definitely try again! You will get it. And then you will be hooked! I hope I have helped a little. Best of luck!
  3. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2012
    102 might be a bit too much. if it stays that high for too long they might get deformed or die. [​IMG]
    just try to keep it at 99.5 or 100 :)
  4. Blue Farm

    Blue Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 1, 2012
    I am no expert in incubating eggs , but i too made my own bator . I struggled with temp but finally tweeked it enough that it worked. my best move was to but 2 good quality thermometers, and one also showed humidity. they ran about 2 to 3 degrees different, so maybe see how accurate your temp is. also room temp in the room your incubating needs to stay consistant. i been messing with this homemade one so long my head hurts. but i got a 70 percent hatch this time. Hope this helps
  5. Blue Farm

    Blue Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 1, 2012
    i quess i really didnt answer temp question. l meant to tell you one of my thermometers ran 102 other 100. no matter were i placed them in conjuntion with the other one always ran higher .
  6. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Good Luck!! we also made a homemade bator... a coolerbator... and I highly suggest it if your house is drafty easy and the wafer thermostat has less than 1 degree variance....we even lost 7 days electric with huricane Sandy and still had 100% hatch on the local eggs.... Pics info is all in the link in my signature...

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  7. Becci

    Becci Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2012
    The temperature range depends on whether you have a still air or forced air incubator.

    For still airs - 100-101 F measured from the top of the eggs. Because heat rises, the center of the eggs should be pretty close to 99-100 F - which is the goal.
    For forced airs - 99.5-100 F

    Keeping the temperature stable is extremely important. If it suddenly rises, drops or yo-yo's, it can harm or kill your eggs. If the environment won't allow stable temps, I wouldn't incubate there period. There's not much you can do to stabilize the temperatures if the weather around the incubator is working against you.

    Good luck

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