Originally Posted by Coop77
I candled and checked air cells at day 10 and they appeared to be the right size. I don't like to handle the eggs too much, so I haven't candled since then. I'm currently at day 20 and have increased the humidity to 67% for lockdown. Do you know of any other signs of too much humidity other than air cell size. Just wondering if it may delay the hatch, as I haven't seen any pipping out of this group yet.
You are only on day 20. I often don't see pipping until day 21. Don't be surprised if you don't either. Mine always seem to come all at once. If you wash your hands prior to handling you should be okay if you are worried about bacteria... remember the broody hen is not the cleanest of animals. If you are worried about dropping eggs, I get it. I candle sitting on a carpeted floor at night when all of the lights are out. I try to keep them close to the floor just in case I drop them and really make sure I have a good hold on them. I candle on days 7, 14, and 18 and have never had any issues.
Originally Posted by jlashaw
I only recommend it if you live in a climate that's wet right now. I get away with it (I think) because the humidity in my house is usually between 35-40% right now. Good luck!!
I think the name "dry incubation" throws people. I don't believe in add NO water, so it is not completely "dry". I just add much less water than is recommended. I think most people who talk about a dry incubation are the same way. I do not add water unless my humidity is below 25% and then do not allow it to go above 40% (I aim for 25%-35%). During the winter here in Ohio our humidity is usually about 18% inside my house. So even during that time of year I run "dry"... only add a small amount of water to bring it up to my goal level. During the summer we are pretty humid. My humidity in the house is much higher. With that said I add almost no water if any until lockdown. Again, your humidity level really should only give you a base line. Your air cells are the real indicator if you have enough/too much humidity.