Temperature and Humidity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Doormantnt, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Doormantnt

    Doormantnt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doing some searching on BYC, and elsewhere online has lead me to realize trying to figure out temp, and humidity levels for a homemade incubator is like asking how to make their favorite supper. Every one has different "twist", but THERE HAS TO BE A "BASELINE" STANDARD. Don't know if I will be off if I don't know what to shoot for.

    Thanks, easier to ask the experienced, then wade thru the muck of the world wide web.

    Thanks for your input, I'm looking to convert either an old mini fridge, or a cooler and give hatching a try.

    TNT
     
  2. Doormantnt

    Doormantnt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, I figured this would start at least some conflict.

    Where all the advice?????

    TNT
     
  3. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    99.5 degrees (F) and about 50% humidity, increase humidity to about 65% the last 3 days.

    ETA: I think i may have read that if its a still air, your supposed to have the temp at like 100.5 or something like that......
     
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  4. Doormantnt

    Doormantnt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But maintain same temp?
     
  5. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yessir
     
  6. Doormantnt

    Doormantnt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now "lockdown" refers to the last 3 days when your cut off fingers that attempt to open bator right?

    at that point should the eggs come out of the carton/holders/turners and be placed on their sides?? Looks like most pics I see people either remove the eggs from turner, or didn't use them and turned by hand

    TNT
     
  7. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will be the same on homemade bators as manufactured ones 99.5 deg. & humidity 25-30% first 18 days then up it to 65-70%.
     
  8. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Right.
    I've always just left them in the turner (after unplugging the turner), they do occasionally get stuck in the turner after hatching but they usually get themselves out.
     
  9. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes lay them on there sides.
     
  10. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes...lockdown means no open. Lockdown is day 18 & then......
    Some people just unplug the turner & allow the eggs to hatch in that position.
    Some remove eggs from turner & hatch with eggs on their sides.
    Some remove eggs from turner & hatch in egg cartons small end down.
    Those that hand turn just stop turning on day 18.

    All are personal preferences & what works best for you.


    Read this somewhere...probably on BYC:

    Temps...99.5 target temp
    within .5 degree = great hatch
    within 1 degree = good hatch
    within 2 degrees = poor hatch
    within 3 degrees = unlikely any will hatch

    Humidity:
    perfect: under 50% the first 18 days....60% the last 3 days
     
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