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Vinegar in humidity water

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wynn4578, May 26, 2017.

  1. wynn4578

    wynn4578 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just finished building an incubator for a friend and I threw all the bells and whistles into this thing. One of the whistles is auto humidity. On my incubator I have a pan that a mister sits in with a cover and a humidity controller turns it on and off as needed. On the new incubator I added a holding tank and plumbed and actual system in for handelimg humidity. The pro - works great don't have to guess at humidity levels. The con. HOLY bleep! There's no way to clean this thing! So my question...

    Would adding a cap of vinegar to the water hurt his hatch rate? What would you use if not vinegar?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Peroxide. Are you trying to clean it while in the middle of incubating eggs?? Being you asked if it would hurt his hatch?
     
  3. wynn4578

    wynn4578 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not trying to clean it. Just don't want anything building up in there. I was looking for something that would be safe for eggs but keep anything like bacteria from growing in the water.
     
  4. wynn4578

    wynn4578 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recommended that he run a peroxide solution thru the incubator in between incubating but he wanted an incubator/hatcher that would hold at least 300 eggs and says he is going to try to stagger hatch for the next couple months at least. So I was hoping to find a solution that didn't require stopping the incubation cycle to clean.
     
  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I do not know whats safe for the eggs that would be good enough to clean everything out. After I turned my incubator on the first time--I ran it for 1 1/2 years 24/7 before turning it off the first time, during that time I do not remember having to clean the water pan, but did dump it a few times---But I used a hatcher for hatching. I never even wanted a auto-fill in mine. I bought the 5 gal bucket, pan and sponges(I call them) but never used them. To each their own---if a man wants that---get it---is what I say.
     
  6. wynn4578

    wynn4578 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He may have to just shut down occasionally and cycle it with peroxide. Mine has auto humidity but not auto fill so I just take the pan out and add new water occasionally.

    If I build another one with auto fill I'm going to use this experience and create a way to easily remove the system and flush it out occasionally without interrupting the incubation cycle. Hindsight is 20/20.
     
  7. wynn4578

    wynn4578 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one I built this guy is a double cabinet. 1 side is an incubator the other side is a hatcher. Mine is the same set up without the auto fill.
     
  8. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    True!
     
  9. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    use bottled water . wont need to worry about build up as much right ?
     

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