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:frowHi!  I'm incubating 23 eggs right now and have about 10 days remaining.  This morning when I checked them, their humidity (normally in the mid 40s-50s) was at 20%.  When I mentioned it to my mom, she said it's been like that each morning then goes up during the day.  Will this affect the eggs? My hatch rate? The chicks development?  I've had chickens for not quite a year but this is only the second time I've incubated.  The first was about a month prior to this set, and was strangely successful when I was convinced it'd be a failure.  But that was in a completely different location in the house.  Has anyone else experienced this?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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:frowHi!  I'm incubating 23 eggs right now and have about 10 days remaining.  This morning when I checked them, their humidity (normally in the mid 40s-50s) was at 20%.  When I mentioned it to my mom, she said it's been like that each morning then goes up during the day.  Will this affect the eggs? My hatch rate? The chicks development?  I've had chickens for not quite a year but this is only the second time I've incubated.  The first was about a month prior to this set, and was strangely successful when I was convinced it'd be a failure.  But that was in a completely different location in the house.  Has anyone else experienced this?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

What matters is the humidity over the length of incubation and whether the eggs have lost enough moisture. If your eggs have lost the moisture they need to, the number is irrelevant. I'd suggest candling and checking the air cells. If the air cells are where they should be, no worries. If they are too big or small, you can adjust to even them out. If you need help, you can take a look at this: http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com/blog/throw-away-those-incubator-manuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity

Good luck.

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Thank you so much!  That is good news.  I was worried that peaks and valleys in the humidity might effect the eggs the same way peaks and valleys in the temperature would effect them.  It's amazing the amount of information you can find on temperature variations, and the lack of information on humidity variations.  Thank you again!!!

 

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