Getting the correct, stable temperature is one of the conditions that are instrumental in the success rate of hatching. However, there are times when this expectation does not match reality. Consequently, you can end up with a fluctuation in the temperature of your incubator, a situation that can interfere with the success rate of your eggs.
However, the causes of these temperature fluctuations can still be identified and resolved. In this article we share some of the causes of potentially detrimental temperature fluctuations and how you can address them. Keep reading to learn more.
Causes of Incubator Temperature Fluctuations
1. Opening the incubator frequently
One of the ways through which an incubator loses heat is through frequent opening. This is because the more frequently you open the incubator, the more heat escapes. Make sure that you minimize the number of times you open the incubator in order to avoid this loss. Open the incubator only when it is absolutely necessary, for instance, when you need to candle eggs.
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2. Exposure to direct sunlight
Exposure to direct sunlight is another reason why incubators experience extreme temperature changes. If you notice that the incubator is overheating, you need to check if there is direct sunlight shining through into the room or on the incubator.
To resolve this issue, make sure that you adjust the position of the incubator to keep away from direct sunlight.
3. Reduced water levels
When water levels in the incubator’s trough reduce, the incubator will overheat. In such a case, you need to do the following: refill the water trough and then leave the incubator’s cover lid open for some time so that the temperature can reduce back to normal. You need to give it at least half to one hour.
4. Adding water that is too cold or hot
Another cause of excess or too low temperatures in the incubator is the water that you add in it for the purposes of maintaining humidity. If the water has a temperature that is different from the one in the incubator, it will either lower or increase the temperature to extremes.
Make sure that the temperature of the water you add into the incubator is at the same level with the one in the incubator.
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5. Unplugged connections
Another reason why temperature in the incubator drops is unplugged connections. This is common in a home that has kids or pets which can accidentally unplug the incubator from its power source. You need to ensure that all the power plugs to the incubators are not exposed to cheeky kids or pets.
Additionally, you need to check and confirm if the socket on the wall is in its proper working condition. If it is blown, you need to replace it in order to have undisrupted power supply and stable temperature.
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Right temperature in the incubator is an important factor in the entire hatching process and matrix. But due to a number of factors that we have discussed above, you may end up with either a drop or increase in the temperatures of the incubator. There are many factors that do contribute to this fluctuation and they can be identified and be remedied on time. If you follow the guidelines provided in this article you can be able to troubleshoot and get the cause of the extremes and fix them with ease. By so doing, you will end up enhancing the chances of hatching success that you can harvest from your hatching efforts.