What should the temp be?

ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
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Jun 8, 2010
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I have read that it depends upon what kind of incubator you have. I use 99.5 for my Brinsea Mini-Advance. Brinsea has a free downloadable hatching guide if you are interested on their website.

Tell us what kind of incubator?? (I won't be able to help more but it will help others answer.)
 

sunny & the 5 egg layers

Crowing
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Mar 29, 2011
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I actually have a homemade one. It is not finished yet, but should be within a couple days. It is a 10 gallon fish tank. I am going to be adding a small desk fan to it.. Would that make it a forced air incubator?


Thanks for your input by the way.
 

ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
15,100
620
398
Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
sunny & the 5 egg layers :

I actually have a homemade one. It is not finished yet, but should be within a couple days. It is a 10 gallon fish tank. I am going to be adding a small desk fan to it.. Would that make it a forced air incubator?


Thanks for your input by the way.

You are welcome. I would think that would make it forced air, but I am no expert at incubation.​
 

LaurenV

Chirping
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Jan 2, 2012
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It goes any where between 90 to 100, 99 to 101, 103 to 106... I have mine at 100 or so... but it is pretty big...
 

nurse_turtle

Songster
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May 28, 2011
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The incubator must be able to hold the temp at 100 degrees +/- 1 degree. Anything over 104 for a period of time will start the breakdown of proteins in the egg which leads to death.
 

HetaChick

Songster
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May 31, 2011
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A chicken's body temp is 99.5 +/- a degree or two. I'd say aim for 100 like what was recommended. Remember the humidity too. ^^
 
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