Originally Posted by maryhysong
Go Oz Go! I know you will figure it out and win in the end!
Yes, your humidity was probably too high during incubation. Maybe you can make a room for the bators with the dehumidifier in it, then roll them into another room for hatching? (Understanding that you are in a very humid area... you probably don't hardly need any water in there for hatch time! )
I have not given up hope on the chickens yet. its only just into day 21 and I got a 50% hatch during the wet season last trip.
I found a mini dehumidifier that I think I can rig directly into the bator and also found a humidstat that will switch it on and off like a thermostat does with a heat source. It will set between 30 and 90% so I can get pretty low. There is no way I can run a full blown dehumidifier like those in american basements - I do not have the closed environment to do it nor wish to waste such huge amounts of energy
I may have to turn my walk in closet into a sauna in SoCal to simulate the environment in my bator house but I will work out how to do this with great hatch rates.
Cotournix do not go broody so we have to get very good at hatching these little buggers.
Edited by ozexpat - 4/21/13 at 5:12pm