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Temps raising in incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SunChick, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. SunChick

    SunChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am guessing that about halfway through incubation the eggs can create enough heat to raise the temperature in the incubator? I had to decrease my hova-bator by 1/4 a turn today to keep the temp in range. Its a new bator so I don't think the wafer is bad. The room temp is stable. hmmm.[​IMG]
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I had a brand new Hova bator and had only had it running for a total of two weeks doing fertility test and the new wafer went out, causing the temps to rise and rise. I had to send to the company for a new one. I could smell ether, however, so take a whiff inside. If you don't smell ether, it probably hasn't gone bad. Mine totally blew!
     
  3. SunChick

    SunChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I need to, can I get replacement wafer's at the feed store or TS? I cannot afford to wait since I have a full bator!
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Probably. Some feedstores keep them around. I'd have one or two on hand even if yours is fine now! Can't have it go out in the middle of a hatch and have to wait for the company to replace it.
     
  5. Llysse

    Llysse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How hard is it to replace a wafer? I was wondering about this earlier. I'm afraid if a wafer goes out in the middle of an incubation, it'll take me too long to figure out how to put it in, even though I do have a couple extras on hand. Does anyone have directions?
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Agree, always keep spares on hand. Better safe, than sorry. The temp increase you are seeing doesn't sound out of the ordinary, but keep a close eye just in case.

    Jody
     
  7. SunChick

    SunChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks! The rising temps makes me want to "hover" around the bator and I have been soooo good leaving it alone. Between teaching students and having a sick kiddo and horse I've been good about letting things be. I probably will go get another wafer just in case.....Do you think I should prepare for an early hatch?[​IMG] pps. No ether smell...had DH take a whiff....he is a chemist!
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2007
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I hatch a lot, so I keep 4 spares on hand at all times. You can never be too cautious when it comes to ensuring a good hatch. JMO As long as you keep the temp stable, your hatch should be just fine and hatch around the time it should. At most, it may be a day early, but I wouldnt' handle it any differently. Stop turning on day 18, increase humidity and monitor temp and ventilation and you'll be fine.

    Llysse - sorry, I must have posted at the same time as you earlier. I didn't mean to ignore your question. I don't change mine, my dh does. But I don't think it's too hard...just unscrew the wingnut and it pops loose, then add the new one in. You don't want to do this during a hatch unless you have no choice, as it will take time to readjust your settings.

    Jody
     
  9. SunChick

    SunChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cool, then 11 days until cuckoo marans and salmon EEs to hatch! Dipsy doodle's silkies and EEs are due in 16 days. Have a split hatch...so out comes another bator to hatch my first batch!. hmmm might have to resist....hatching my RIR and what I believe to be a cochin partridge cross or ordering more eggs...oh this is so addicting! I may be tempted into blue orpingtons...anyone got those? or polish...sigh...[​IMG]
     
  10. Carole AM

    Carole AM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just ordered new wafers for my Hova, so we'll see how hard it is! I think I can, I think I can.... [​IMG]
     

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