Temp Spike, could this be the cause?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tabsmonsters, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday around 3 pm I took the eggs from the turner and put them in cartons for hatching. Checked it at 9 pm and temps were 118 in the wiggler. The only thing I can think of is that the thermostat had to work harder to keep the temp with the turner in, than with the cartons. Before that, it was keeping steady at 100.2. I am leaving the eggs in there on the chance that it didn't kill all of them, but I am not getting my hopes up. I don't have it plugged into a surge protector but I don't think that was the reason because the temps haven't spiked at all during the last 18 days. I have a LG still air with a LG turner. Thanks
     
  2. menkot

    menkot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know. I know that has got to be heartbreaking though. [​IMG] I hope somehow they make it. [​IMG]
     
  3. tntstanifer

    tntstanifer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember reading where someone had that problem, but only by 3 degrees. He had a homemade incubator with an LG turner. When he took the turner out, his temps dropped though. I hope that your babies survive!

    Terri
     
  4. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

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    Quote:I wasn't caused by the turner ....

    Several possibilities. Your thermometer has gone haywire. Electronics are protected from power spikes, so what kind of thermostat do you have? Basic mechanical wafer controls are not subject to voltage spikes.

    Actually, the thermostat would work less hard with the turner in .... the more thermal mass in the incubator, the easier it is to maintain temps. The current drawn by the motor, and the heat it produces are both negligible.

    A change in height can cause a temp diff. but it would have been just a couple of degrees or so.

    A big change in ambient temp would raise incubator temp.

    Just throwing out ideas .... dismiss the obvious ones that don't apply, look at the others.
     
  5. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your replies. I got to looking at the wafer and noticed it was cockeyed in its cradle. I think it got messed up when I was transfering eggs from the turner. And I have a Hovabator with GQF turner, I was wrong. Thanks again!
     
  6. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

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    Quote:Hey Tabby,

    A lesson learned the hard way huh?

    Don't beat yerself up over it. We've all been there [​IMG]
     
  7. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    I just had a HUGE temp spike and lost nealy a hundred eggs... so bummed but, am trying to figure out what went wrong. My wafer is also cockeyed in the cradle and I cannot get it to lower and cut off the light. Is the wafer... bad or defective?
     

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