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Unually Colds Temps, & Fluctuating Bator Temps

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mourningdove, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Songster

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    Hi all, don't know if any of you have a house that never seems to get warm enough inside like I do(we use propane) anyway the temps in my house were staying at 60 and seemed to bring the inside bator temps down to 90ish I had some trouble keeping the temps at 100.
    So I had a light bulb moment as Oprah would say...I said to myself that if I couldn't get the temps regulated I will loose these 28 eggs
    in bator so with my thinking cap on I found a solution!!!
    While the temps are bitter cold I draped a blanket over bator, and I was so happy [​IMG] I got the temp to hold at 100 buy using that blanket!!! [​IMG] Did I find the secret to a sucessful bator temps in bitter cold weather?
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  2. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Songster

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    I forgot to mention that I set these eggs in the bator the 9th and the 30th is when I am expecting babies!
  3. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    The only problem is you covered up the vent holes. They need to be open.
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    I leave my vent holes closed it's the only way i can keep humidity up in the winter (in the summer i'll HAVE to keep the vents opened or deal with too much humidity ha ha)!!!

    I deal with teh same thing you deal with! I use a foam egg crate to keep the temps stable when it's really cold and if even that isnt keeping the incubator stable i throw a blankie on top of the foam on top of hte incubator and I am sucessful at the LEAST keeping it at 99.5.

    It's been CRAZY cold so i've had the same challenges you have but i thkn i have deffinatly mastered this issue a whil eback thanks to blankies and some foam! [​IMG]
  5. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Open, close, I'm never going to get it right. Sorry [​IMG]
  6. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Songster

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    Quote:Thanks for your vote of confidence! I do appricate it! [​IMG] Especially since I am out of practice, this is my 1st attempt at hatching in more than 15 years, so far I think I am doing good. My 28 eggs aren't due to hatch til the 30th! I am hoping for a great hatch! [​IMG]
  7. The Littlest Chick

    The Littlest Chick Hatching

    Jan 5, 2009
    I'm having this same problem. The temp gets really cold at night so I have to crank up the temp overnight. I get up about twice during the night to check and adjust, but one time I slept through the night. It got too hot and I am worried I might have killed some. [​IMG] They are hatching now, so I will see how many have been affected.
  8. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    The trick, whether it's hot or cold, is to find a place for the incubator that is stable. Not in a heavily traveled area, not near a window or a door. Think closet. Extra bathroom, spare bedroom... these all work. I have my incubator in a room that stays at a constant 59°F, with no troubles for any of the different brands. The window is covered with a dark towel, and the room is not used except by me. The sun doesn't shine in, there's no drafts when the door is slid open, and the temps stay at 99.5°F. BUT... a towel draped over it will help, if you have vents in the side or the bottom. I keep a towel over the window in the lid so that it doesn't fog up when I increase the humidity, but I only put it over the window, not the vents. If you cover the vents, try opening the incubator for 5 minutes each day to let fresh air in. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2009

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