Originally Posted by Pensmaster
Been trying to keep it at or above 50% the guy I got them from said they do best at 50-55% then more for lockdown
When I hatch dark eggs, they do better at a lower humidity--30 to 35%.
It might be better for all of the hatch to split the differences, say 40 to 45% and the around 60% and lockdown.
It gets harder when hatching different breeds for sure.
This is from a Marans breeder:
For all Marans eggs whether shipped or not, I put NO water at all in my incubator ever. On day 18 I move them into the hatcher and wait. First sign of pipping,open door and add the hottest water that comes from my tap. Walk away and come back three days later. :-)
I hatch hundreds and hundreds of BCM chicks every year, my incubator and hatcher run 24/7 8 months out of the year. This method is what works best for me. I live in an area where humidity is almost non existent in the summer months. Temps are in the high 90's and low 100's. My temp is set at 100 and my humidity in my incubator generally is around 16% to 20%. When I see pipping in my hatcher and add water, the humidity will raise to about 50% and gradually drop and level off around 30% to 35%.
If I am hatching other eggs, orpington or bresse, I do them separate from my BCM.
Heaven Sent Ranch
Red Bluff, CA