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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:47 am 
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This year I have had some of the best hatch rates I've ever had....up til now. :-( my very last batch of eggs that I was to move to the hatching tray last night are all dead. I'm puzzled as to what went wrong. Everything has remained the same with the incubator as in temp humidity etc etc. I keep the machine clean. The parent birds were fed the same as they have been all season with all other eggs hatching well. When I candle these eggs a week ago all seemed to be progressing normally. So I'm wondering if somehow there is a germ in the incubator. If so what's the best way and best product to clean it with? Thankfully I have enough chickens already so I won't be using it again this season.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:08 pm 
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Really sorry to hear that.

Bacteria is possible... how do you clean your incubator? The other possibility is a temperature spike that you were not aware of. Any chance that could've happened unobserved?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:14 pm 
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Normally just clean it with warm soapy water....sometimes I add a little ordinary household bleach. I guess it's possible that there was a temp spike.. It could happen and I wouldn't even know. Should I use something else to give it a thorough clean? It's an IM.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:17 pm 
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What you're doing sounds fine. What are you doing to dry it after washing?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:45 am 
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As I have rolling hatches I don't normally dry it in between batches. At the end of the season when I give it a more thorough clean I just let it sit with the door open for a day or two before packing away.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:40 pm 
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I would definitely let it dry more thoroughly between hatches if at all possible. The best way to dry the incubator is to run it dry for 24 hours after cleaning.

Bellsouth provide good guidance on cleaning here: http://eshop.bellsouth.com.au/epages/be ... ssicView=1

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:43 pm 
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Ps. Personally I skip the step where they recommend spraying a disinfectant into the incubator.

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