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I have a Hova Bator incubator set up in my classroom with 22 eggs. Yesterday was day 10. I realized that we may have put too much water at the last water check and the incubator was reading 85% humidity today as well as yesterday afternoon.

 

We candled yesterday and my air cells are the same size as they were on day 7 when we candled.

 

Is there anything I can do to lower the humidity? I pulled the red vent plug and still very little has changed.

 

I do not take the incubator home over the weekend so I want to be sure that I can make any changes prior to this afternoon.

 

Any suggestions. These eggs are from my personal flock if this is important to answering my question.

 

Thank you!

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If you put less water that may help.

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I do realize we put too much water. I am curious is there is anything I can do to remedy that? I don't see how I can easily remove the water without causing a disruption to the eggs.

 

Any ideas?

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I have a Hova Bator incubator set up in my classroom with 22 eggs. Yesterday was day 10. I realized that we may have put too much water at the last water check and the incubator was reading 85% humidity today as well as yesterday afternoon.

 

We candled yesterday and my air cells are the same size as they were on day 7 when we candled.

 

Is there anything I can do to lower the humidity? I pulled the red vent plug and still very little has changed.

 

I do not take the incubator home over the weekend so I want to be sure that I can make any changes prior to this afternoon.

 

Any suggestions. These eggs are from my personal flock if this is important to answering my question.

 

Thank you!

 

 

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Originally Posted by EMV1017 View Post
 

I do realize we put too much water. I am curious is there is anything I can do to remedy that? I don't see how I can easily remove the water without causing a disruption to the eggs.

 

Any ideas?

 

I'd pull the eggs out and dump the bator and run dry if it stays above 25% w/out any water, especially if your air cells are small. I never use my wells the first 17 days. If it won't stay above 25% dry w/o water I add a sponge and that usually holds it about 30% where I like it. If it remains that high (I'm uncomfortable with anything above 45% and that's pushing it for most eggs), you have a much higher chance of the chicks drowning in the excess fluid come hatch time.  

I use this method and go by the air cells for adjusting: http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com/blog/throw-away-those-incubator-manuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity

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! I will give that a try!

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