will one degree make a difference ?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lightbread48, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. lightbread48

    lightbread48 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone! I'm really new to trying to hatch eggs and there are a few things that I'm not quite sure about. Mainly the temperature. I bought a still air incubator and a digital hydrometer. I cannot get my temperature to sit at 99.5. Its always one degree higher or lower. Is this ok or will it affect my eggs or chicks?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You're looking for an average so if it goes up and down between those readings, you're good! The internal egg temp doesnt fluctuate as fast as the air temp does.
     
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi , mine does same thing.........and it is not a problem........at all.....as long as there is no huge temp changes......... it will be okay.......good luck with your hatch. I am in the middle of my own.with temps holding as yours are......and only 4 eggs good so far.but the ones I lost were shipped......and they say those are harder to hatch out.... hope it goes well for you !
     
  4. lightbread48

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    Ok that's great! I have only had my eggs in for 2 days and I was afraid that I had ruined them already! Thanks alot yall!
     
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I said the samething lightbread.

    I thought after my power was off over the night that they where gonners. Then after day 18 my temp jumped to 103- 106F. I sat for those last 3 days to adjust the temps and I thought about unplugging the bator. Everyone on here told me to leave it alone so I did. 11 out of 15 hatched
     
  6. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I don't think it makes a huge difference,but for still air you're a little low. I t should be at about 101.
     
  7. lightbread48

    lightbread48 Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! I guess you were really glad u didnt unplug it?!! Thats great!! This is a GREAT place to get answers and plenty of support.

    Another question: should I keep adding eggs as they are laid or should i wait until the ones I have in the bator already hatch before I add new ones?
     
  8. lightbread48

    lightbread48 Out Of The Brooder

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    ooops. or should i make a new topic for that question?
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sorry I missed the still air part. That's what I get for reading too quickly! Yes, Chris is right, you need it to be a little higher overall, but an average is what you want, just a higher average for still air.
     
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Watch the height of your thermometer. On my last hatch with my forced
    air Little Giant I tested the temp at many levels. On the tray it was 98-99,
    the thermometer I had at egg height was around 100.5, and the temp at the
    top was as high as 103. My water wiggler was spot on at 99 to 100.

    Another new trick I learned was to take an old metal multitool/pocketknife
    and put a thermometer on that. It lifted the thermometer to egg height
    and acted as a heat sink to give me more stable and accurate readings.
     

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