90% humidity for hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by columbiacritter, May 6, 2011.

  1. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    An extrememly successful chicken breeder my husband knows cranks his Dickey incubator up to 90% humidity for hatching. He also helps out every chick that has pipped by day 22 but hasn't zpped. He pops the tops off the shells then puts them back to finish coming out when they are ready. He hatches 500+ of his main breeds and many hundreds of others every year. He regularly sweeps awards in shows and has for decades with his own breedings.

    Does anyone else use that high of humidity?

  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'd be scared to, but it's obviously working for him.
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Is he at high altitude in an arid climate? I've read of folks in places like that have find it better to have very high humidities. Here in Florida that's about twenty five points too high for me.
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Is he using a wet bulb set up or a digital hygrometer for a wet bulb to work right it needs air flow across the wick, digital I might check the accuracy of it before I trusted it [​IMG]

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