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What is Dry* incubation?

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I heard of dry incubation, But never say an article that explaned it good. What is dry incubation? Should I do it?

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Dry incubation is when you incubate eggs in an incubator and keep the humidity level at a low level, often without adding any extra water to the incubator.

This is a good article that covers just about everything you could ever want to know about hatching.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

This a good thread with lots of info about humidity and hatching duck eggs.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/715902/humidity-for-hatching-duck-eggs

This one is about geese, but is applicable to ducks.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/491013/goose-incubation-hatching-guide-completed

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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post
 

Dry incubation is when you incubate eggs in an incubator and keep the humidity level at a low level, often without adding any extra water to the incubator.

This is a good article that covers just about everything you could ever want to know about hatching.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

This a good thread with lots of info about humidity and hatching duck eggs.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/715902/humidity-for-hatching-duck-eggs

This one is about geese, but is applicable to ducks.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/491013/goose-incubation-hatching-guide-completed

Is dry incubation effective?​

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It can be, but when it comes to waterfowl, it's not recommended to do a completely dry incubation. Different incubation methods work better for different kinds of incubators and in different climates. There's really no way to know if dry incubation will work best for you and your setup until you try it. With dry incubation, there is a chance that you go too low on the humidity and end up with sticky or shrink wrapped chicks.

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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post
 

It can be, but when it comes to waterfowl, it's not recommended to do a completely dry incubation. Different incubation methods work better for different kinds of incubators and in different climates. There's really no way to know if dry incubation will work best for you and your setup until you try it. With dry incubation, there is a chance that you go too low on the humidity and end up with sticky or shrink wrapped chicks.

Oh ok. I'm just gonna do regular incubation. Thanks

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