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When is it too late?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lzufelt, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. lzufelt

    lzufelt In the Brooder

    Jan 24, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    I am having a lot of difficulty regulating my incubator. It could be for a variety of reasons- old farm house, drafts, incubator, first time, flat out doing it wrong- but to be honest I am just tired. It has been 5 days and the temperature fluctuates a ridiculous amount. It has gone as high as 102°F and as extreme low as 95°F. I have been able to keep it between 97 and 102 by always checking and adding hot water when it gets low and opening the lid as it climbs higher.

    Here is my question: I have another incubator, it is much older and it is shorter than the first one that I borrowed. I have it turned on and its sitting in the second warmest location in my old crafty farm house. If the incubator will regulate its temp to be about 99.5 °F can I switch my eggs from the bigger one to the smaller one? I realize I won't be able to use my automatic egg turner but the amount of stress, frustration and exhaustion that I am feeling now, the manual work and actually being hands on is worth it!
    After five days is it to late or are the risks to high in switching the eggs from automatic to manual and to a smaller incubator?
  2. Lalegid

    Lalegid Chirping

    Oct 26, 2014
    That sounds really frustrating! I think I would move them over too. What kind of incubators are they? Have you tried wrapping the incubator to try and insulate it? My spare incubator is a styrofoam one and it holds its temp best when I sit it on a square of foam and wrap it in a woolen blanket (only covering the sides, not the top). I cut the blanket and taped it on. Good luck with your hatch :)
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    It's safe to move them. If you are having that much problems and the other bator is better it would be beneficial to them to be moved to a more steady bator and be hand turned. Just remember to turn them at least 3 xs a day, more is better but always an odd number before leaving them at night. Just try to make the move as quickly as you can and not keep them out of the heat more than 20-30 min. Good luck!
  4. lzufelt

    lzufelt In the Brooder

    Jan 24, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Thank you both for your in-put. I'm using the hovabator? And the shorter one is a no name.

    I currently have the bigger one in a box and under a blanket and the temp is still fluctuating. I have a hot water bottle in it at all times and I replace it as often as possible.

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