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post #1 of 8
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i was just reading another post that said
humidity levels should be kept lower in styrofoam incubators
is that correct?

i have a hovabator 1602N and have the humidity in the fifties
is that too high?

i read that for the first 20 days the humidity should be 58-60 percent
then raise it to 65-70 percent for lockdown
this is from the u minnesota extension website
they're not calling out any different readings
depending on what material the incubator is made of

the instructions that came with the incubator don't call out
a specific humidity level

what are other folks with 1602N's shooting for in terms of humidity levels?

this is a great thread but doesn't say anything about if there
are different desired humidity levels based on the composition
of the incubator:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=438720&p=14


Edited by latebloomer - 2/20/11 at 11:29am
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post #2 of 8

I have an older havabator which I think is this same model, I run mine at 25-35% & on day 18 I raise it to 65-75%.

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post #3 of 8

I run mine 25%-40 %

then

60%- 70

4 Barred rock hens, A RIR hen, A white rock hen, A wellsummer cross, a australorp hen, 1 pullet (leghorn), 1 cockeral RSL, 1 RSL hen, and 3 black sex links... 4 Austalorp chicks, 5 EE chicks, 4 BR chicks, 1 RL blue wyandotte chick.... Ducks 2 mallards, male and female..... a chihuahua, a mini dachshund, and a german wired hair pointer....
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4 Barred rock hens, A RIR hen, A white rock hen, A wellsummer cross, a australorp hen, 1 pullet (leghorn), 1 cockeral RSL, 1 RSL hen, and 3 black sex links... 4 Austalorp chicks, 5 EE chicks, 4 BR chicks, 1 RL blue wyandotte chick.... Ducks 2 mallards, male and female..... a chihuahua, a mini dachshund, and a german wired hair pointer....
         *IM A CRAZY PULLET, The broody one*
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post #4 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by latebloomer 

i was just reading another post that said
humidity levels should be kept lower in styrofoam incubators
is that correct?

i have a hovabator 1602N and have the humidity in the fifties
is that too high?

i read that for the first 20 days the humidity should be 58-60 percent
then raise it to 65-70 percent for lockdown


    This is about what I do for my 1602N and both of my home made plywood bators  , I hatch mostly gamebirds chickens now and then 


this is from the u minnesota extension website
they're not calling out any different readings
depending on what material the incubator is made of

the instructions that came with the incubator don't call out
a specific humidity level

what are other folks with 1602N's shooting for in terms of humidity levels?

this is a great thread but doesn't say anything about if there
are different desired humidity levels based on the composition
of the incubator:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=438720&p=14

http://www.scnaonline.org  Serama Council Of North America

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http://www.scnaonline.org  Serama Council Of North America

You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up.
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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

the answers here show a pretty large range of humidity levels

is this something i should worry about?

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post #6 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by latebloomer 

the answers here show a pretty large range of humidity levels

is this something i should worry about?


personally id drop it (Atleast) 10%

4 Barred rock hens, A RIR hen, A white rock hen, A wellsummer cross, a australorp hen, 1 pullet (leghorn), 1 cockeral RSL, 1 RSL hen, and 3 black sex links... 4 Austalorp chicks, 5 EE chicks, 4 BR chicks, 1 RL blue wyandotte chick.... Ducks 2 mallards, male and female..... a chihuahua, a mini dachshund, and a german wired hair pointer....
         *IM A CRAZY PULLET, The broody one*
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4 Barred rock hens, A RIR hen, A white rock hen, A wellsummer cross, a australorp hen, 1 pullet (leghorn), 1 cockeral RSL, 1 RSL hen, and 3 black sex links... 4 Austalorp chicks, 5 EE chicks, 4 BR chicks, 1 RL blue wyandotte chick.... Ducks 2 mallards, male and female..... a chihuahua, a mini dachshund, and a german wired hair pointer....
         *IM A CRAZY PULLET, The broody one*
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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

if i take off the two red vent covers
on the top of the unit
will the humidity drop?

it's day three and i'm running about 55%

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post #8 of 8

most of the hatches I have I leave one red plug out the whole hatch for a good exchange of air. I just keep enough of the water wells full to give me 50-60% RH ,again I hatch mostly quail with an occasional chicken hatch I also hatch the eggs upright in egg cartons during lock down

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You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up.
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http://www.scnaonline.org  Serama Council Of North America

You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up.
Chief Joseph
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