What should the temp be?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sunny & the 5 egg layers, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    If I am going to hatch chicken eggs, what should the tempature be?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    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.)
     
  3. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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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? [​IMG]

    Thanks for your input by the way.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    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? [​IMG]

    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.​
     
  5. LaurenV

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

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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...
     
  6. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  7. sunny & the 5 egg layers

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    Thanks everyone! [​IMG]
     
  8. HetaChick

    HetaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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