January 31, 2013 by Mike Oscar Hotel
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Like so many of you, I’m getting spring fever. More than just a fever, really. Temperatures here have been fluctuating from the 20′s to the 50′s. The 50′s bring mud and stir my senses.
On my list of 5,000 things that I want to do this year is incubate eggs. I finally dug out the incubator tonight and cleaned it.
It was dirty stinky hobo nasty. I got it off the dump. The Mrs. saw me trying to clean it on a stool in the kitchen and scolded me. I moved it to the dining room.
After giving it a good scrub, I plugged it in to see if it is reliable. While it was warming up, I decided to try and find information about it. It looks to be a Brower, model 845 still air incubator.
After leaving it plugged in for awhile, I checked it. I used a meat thermometer and I’m not sure that’s a reliable way to check temperatures. I’ll probably need to buy an incubator thermometer.
No matter how far off the meat thermometer is, we have problems. It is consistently in the 140 degree range. Eggs, apparently, need to hover a little above 100 degrees.
I looked at the screw on the top of the incubator. It appears to raise and lower the wafer, which should change the temperature. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t. Any help in this area would be greatly appreciated. I’ve looked for answers on the the internet, but I’m coming up dry. Do I need a new wafer? Is it done? Can I drill holes in the top to relieve temperature?
For those of you who don’t know (I was one of them until tonight), you are supposed to fill the pie tin with water to humidify the egg shells, thus making it easier for the chick to peck its way out on hatching day. The eggs sit on top of the screen.
If you know anything at all about this kind of still air incubator, please chime in down in the comment section. I realize that some of you enjoy privacy and would rather not comment here on the blog. If that’s the case, please shoot me an email at email@example.com.