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I have been using a Yosoo incubator. It works fine but came with TERRIBLE instructions! What we can't figure out is the water it says to add water every 4 days and to keep the humidity on 55. The problems is it doesn't say how much water to put in i ended up adding water every few hours! It would be on 45 then i would add a small amount of water then it would go up to 70! How much water should i add and how often? Thanks
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I run 40 to 45 first 18 days.. 70 last 3..
First 18 days I don't use the water wells ..I use a small pill bottle set in there.. if humidity too high I can put a piece of tape over part of bottle. .
I'm not familiar with your incubator so I guess depends on if you have room..
55 usally too high I think.. so let it go down. . Just my 2 cents
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I have been using a Yosoo incubator. It works fine but came with TERRIBLE instructions! What we can't figure out is the water it says to add water every 4 days and to keep the humidity on 55. The problems is it doesn't say how much water to put in i ended up adding water every few hours! It would be on 45 then i would add a small amount of water then it would go up to 70! How much water should i add and how often? Thanks

The best way to figure out what you need for humidity is not by some number thrown at you, but by your air cell growth or weighing eggs.  I use air cell growth.  I am unfamiliar with your incubator, but most table top incubators do better with low humidity incubations days 1-17. (With exceptions of course.)  Providing the hatcher is not in a high altitude or in the Sahara dessert.  

 

I run dry whenever possible, (as long as my incubator maintains above 25%). I prefer 30% the first 17 days. If I need more moisture in the bator because it's too dry, I add a wet sponge and it usually holds it at about 30%.

 

Most everyone I know that hatches in cabinet incubators run 50%+  

 

No matter what humidity you start with the best way to know if you are on target is to monitor the air cells. There's more here if you are interested: http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com/blog/throw-away-those-incubator-manuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity

 

Personally unless my air cells were telling me differently, I would never run above 40/45% (45% is pushing it) for any length of time during the first 17 days.

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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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