Temps with fan...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by harleyjo, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Hovabator still air. I am just in my early days of my 2nd hatch. I got 4 out of my first hatch. Not great but it was a learning experience. So now I have just started my second one. I added a 4 inch personal fan today. I don't know for sure on the temps. I had my digital out of the bator for awhile so I was just going off the one that came with the incubator. It went way high so I opened the bator to cool it down and then it leveled out. So now I have added my digital back in it and there is a big difference between the digital and the one that came with the bator. What one do I believe?
     
  2. llaaadyel

    llaaadyel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never liked the thermometer that came with my hovabator. I actually have 3 in the incubator and replace them every year just to be sure. Still air temp should be 100.5, 99.5 with a fan.

    I don't like digital thermometers at all, I always seem to have issues with them. I use the simple cheap ones that you get in the pet department at Walmart or petco. How many eggs did you set in the first batch that you got 4?

    I would be tempted to add another thermometer. However, remember that once you set the eggs and they are coming up to temperature, your incubator temperature will fluctuate. As a rule, run the incubator for 48 hours to make sure your temperature is correct and holding. Once it is, then set the eggs and forget about it for a good day.
     
  3. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set 18 the first time. I have some of those aquarium temps but being in my 50's, I can't read those little therometers in the incubator. I almost have to take them out to read them.
     
  4. llaaadyel

    llaaadyel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my opinion it is possible that the digital thermometer is not working properly. Maybe go by the other one until you can get a backup digital to check. In the first couple days of setting, the eggs don't seem much worse for wear if the temps fluctuate a bit. I have heard of some people having temps of 103 and as low as 90 but still having a good hatch.
     

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