Originally Posted by PDPercherons
For example: I'm at 15-20% humidity today. I add some water to bring it up towards 30.
Originally Posted by terrip824
If I may jump into this convo. What is a good humidity for hatching CL's? 30%? I always boost mine up after lockdown. I have low house humidity in the winter, of course summer is a whole other game.
I am not a good resource for numbers. I have a Brinsea that is not calibrated in a way I can control; I either use the water reservoirs or I don't. I have had better results not adding any water to the reservoirs until lockdown. This is true all year round.
My incubator is small and indoors, away from doors and windows.
I usually hatch from my own stock, and the results vary between breeding groups; I have more than just CL.
When I ship eggs, I hear contrasting results. It tends to either be a good hatch or not, so I don't know how to evaluate that.
When I have hatched shipped eggs, I have been pretty happy with the results. My best hatch was 100% with Cream Legbar eggs, shipped clear across the country to me. My most surprising "success" was with Black Copper Marans eggs. I let the eggs rest upright for several days, never added water to the incubator until the night before they were due to hatch...all but one popped right out the next day.
I have very much avoided shipped birds, but had a good experience and would reconsider that. The breeder sent two birds overnight, again coast to coast, that spent 18-20 hours total in the shipping box. They recovered quickly, and the egg that the pullet layed enroute has since hatched into another lovely pullet =)
Edited by sol2go - 1/6/16 at 12:28am