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Dry Incubation **NOW WITH PHOTOS!** - How Low is Too Low? 10% Humidity**ANSWERED: NO.**

post #1 of 53
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Hello Everyone!

 

I've got bantam and standard size eggs in a HOVABATOR 1588 Genesis and they've been in for 6 days at 10% humidity.  Is that too low if I'm using Worrell's Dry Incubation method?  I read the article and it's a little misleading as to what the actual hygrometer reading should be. 

 

Thanks in advance,

 

CHAD

 

 


Edited by ChaddiX - 1/25/12 at 3:56pm

My Intro (with pictures!):  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=573990&p=1
White Silkie Roster, Silver Laced Bearded Polish Rooster, Blue sizzle Hen, Black Sizzle Hen, White Ameraucana Hen (blue eggs), and Colombian EE Hen (green eggs), & 2 Wheaton Malay Pullets (courtesy of Mr. Ronnie Profitt)

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My Intro (with pictures!):  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=573990&p=1
White Silkie Roster, Silver Laced Bearded Polish Rooster, Blue sizzle Hen, Black Sizzle Hen, White Ameraucana Hen (blue eggs), and Colombian EE Hen (green eggs), & 2 Wheaton Malay Pullets (courtesy of Mr. Ronnie Profitt)

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post #2 of 53

I try do dry hatch at around 30% humidity. I live in SoCal and right now I have to add some moisture to keep my humidity at that level.

post #3 of 53

I am learning to hatch. due Jan 28th.  I am doing dry incubation, mine reads 16% I  I am going to add water for little humity this weekend.  Last  few days during lockout, increase humidity by adding a sponge.. 

post #4 of 53

I don't even use a hygrometer any more- at all.

 

There is a link in my signature to my incubation page, and it might help a bit.

               ৲(⎠    ~Renée~ *MyHints* NPIP&AI 48-0346 Incubation Cheat Sheet ~t~ SickPage ~f~

 (`-.     _.-⎠̸   I dream of a society in which no one questions a chicken's motive for road crossing. 

*` (_.}  ,' Orp~Ameraucana~Azul d'Oro~d'Uccle~Konza~Aubergine~Banty Cochin~Marans~Rock~Copetóna~

     _ . /       

      _/  \ _ O

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               ৲(⎠    ~Renée~ *MyHints* NPIP&AI 48-0346 Incubation Cheat Sheet ~t~ SickPage ~f~

 (`-.     _.-⎠̸   I dream of a society in which no one questions a chicken's motive for road crossing. 

*` (_.}  ,' Orp~Ameraucana~Azul d'Oro~d'Uccle~Konza~Aubergine~Banty Cochin~Marans~Rock~Copetóna~

     _ . /       

      _/  \ _ O

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post #5 of 53

ChooksChick, you might have to update your link...it's coming up as an error...

2 years ago, a flat-lander, in FL, hiding in the house due to 8 months of heat and humidity every year. Now, living in the Smoky Mountains, gardening, keeping chickens, and loving life. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I used to list here the breeds of chickens I owned. There is not enough room to do that anymore. I have lots of chickens....

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2 years ago, a flat-lander, in FL, hiding in the house due to 8 months of heat and humidity every year. Now, living in the Smoky Mountains, gardening, keeping chickens, and loving life. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I used to list here the breeds of chickens I owned. There is not enough room to do that anymore. I have lots of chickens....

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post #6 of 53
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Originally Posted by Jeffross1968 View Post

ChooksChick, you might have to update your link...it's coming up as an error...


Welllllllllll CRAP SANDWICHES! I'll fix it. 

 

Here: http://goo.gl/M2EWv

 

 

               ৲(⎠    ~Renée~ *MyHints* NPIP&AI 48-0346 Incubation Cheat Sheet ~t~ SickPage ~f~

 (`-.     _.-⎠̸   I dream of a society in which no one questions a chicken's motive for road crossing. 

*` (_.}  ,' Orp~Ameraucana~Azul d'Oro~d'Uccle~Konza~Aubergine~Banty Cochin~Marans~Rock~Copetóna~

     _ . /       

      _/  \ _ O

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               ৲(⎠    ~Renée~ *MyHints* NPIP&AI 48-0346 Incubation Cheat Sheet ~t~ SickPage ~f~

 (`-.     _.-⎠̸   I dream of a society in which no one questions a chicken's motive for road crossing. 

*` (_.}  ,' Orp~Ameraucana~Azul d'Oro~d'Uccle~Konza~Aubergine~Banty Cochin~Marans~Rock~Copetóna~

     _ . /       

      _/  \ _ O

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post #7 of 53

ChooksChick,

 

Thanks so much for this info on dry incubation.  I really appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge.

 

One question - in the beginning of your instructions you say to completely ignore humidity but the last paragraph in Q&A says to not let the humidity drop below 20%.  Is this just for the last few days?

I'm asking because my hygrometer - before adding eggs - reads 10%

 

Kerri in NC

post #8 of 53
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Originally Posted by ChooksChick View Post

I don't even use a hygrometer any more- at all.

 

There is a link in my signature to my incubation page, and it might help a bit.



THANKS for sharing your experience. I read your page and tried it also. It works GREAT!!!!! bow.gif

Mom to 2 boys. dobermans, rabbits, guineas, ameraucanas, marans, silkies, showgirls, frizzles, bramas, cochins, polish, white faced black spanish,  phoenix, dominiques, campines, wyandottes. chickaholic!  SHHHH! Don't tell the neighbors, no fowl are allowed!

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Mom to 2 boys. dobermans, rabbits, guineas, ameraucanas, marans, silkies, showgirls, frizzles, bramas, cochins, polish, white faced black spanish,  phoenix, dominiques, campines, wyandottes. chickaholic!  SHHHH! Don't tell the neighbors, no fowl are allowed!

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post #9 of 53

 In my limited experience, under 20% is too low. I get into those danger zones during winter hatches when the inside air is very very dry since we heat with a pellet stove.  I had much better results in the 20-30% dry incubation range.

If I had known a few chickens would make the man THAT happy....
mom & dad,teaching our rescue BRT Bess all about chickens, EE, Orps and now marans!  The man says we are switching to orps and marans, and they'reHISchickens!
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If I had known a few chickens would make the man THAT happy....
mom & dad,teaching our rescue BRT Bess all about chickens, EE, Orps and now marans!  The man says we are switching to orps and marans, and they'reHISchickens!
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post #10 of 53

Yea, me too.  I keep my humidity as close to 28% as I can.  On day 18, I fill all the channels.

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