BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Incubating & Hatching Eggs › Humidity level on hatching eggs
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Humidity level on hatching eggs

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

ok so i have done quite a bit of research on hatching chicken eggs. But my friend s making sure i know stuff before i atually incubate.

Ive looked at quite a few sites and they say to incubate chicken eggs at  60 to 65% humidity for the first 18 days and then 19-21 up it to 65 to 70% humidity. when he asked what the humidity level needed to be i replied saying this and he said no. So what is the actually humidity by what you guys have done?

Which levels have given you the best results.????

post #2 of 7

I asked the same question yesterday and got really great feedback, I don't know how to attach the link to my thread so just go back 2 or 3 pages and look for subject line humidity.  I t really helped me.

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. JW
Reply
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. JW
Reply
post #3 of 7

Check out this site maybe it will help you.
http://gallus.tamu.edu/Extension%20publications/b6092.pdf

Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/mrscoyote
Reply
Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/mrscoyote
Reply
post #4 of 7

Humidity is variable.  The best humidity depends on your incubator and climate.  The generally accepted is somewhere around 50-60% for 18days and then raise it on day 18 to 65-70%.  Some do dry incubation down to as low as 30-40% and some have it as high as 85% when hatching.  In the winter when it's drier I have to run it higher and now in the spring with soaked ground from melting snow and rain storms I've been letting it get a bit lower.  I also occasionally run different humidity for different eggs.  The japanese bantams I try to keep it toward the higher end and the seramas I just incubated I ran it 5% higher on average than I normally do.

post #5 of 7
post #6 of 7

I recently bought a Hova - Bator genesis, and, following instructions with the incubator regarding where/how much to water, my thermometer shows an average humidity of 52 - 55%. I am at 4-5 days into incubation with 36 Red X (dual purpose) brown eggs. (Available thru Frey's Hatchery in Ontario, Canada). I will follow up with what happens in another 2 weeks!
Joe T.
 

post #7 of 7

Ok, so its actually 4 weeks later... |But here it goes! out of the 36 eggs, with 52 to 55% humidity and a temp of 37 degrees C. One day early, they started hatching. In the end (around 24 hours) 28 hatched, 2 died getting stuck in the egg. in the following 3 days, two were put down due to medical reasons.  For a literal "basement" setup, i had good results with the above humidity.

the species of chicken, for the record, has a distinct colour difference between hens and roos, even at hatch day. 13/13!

Joe T

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Incubating & Hatching Eggs
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Incubating & Hatching Eggs › Humidity level on hatching eggs