another humidity question ? sorry :)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by florasbell, May 4, 2011.

  1. florasbell

    florasbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my incubator is reading 35% i have a cat litter tray in the bottom and on the same shelve as the eggs i also have a pie tin and a jar both filled with water and it still reads 35% ill spray the sides everytime i open to turn the eggs and that will bring it up to 44% ish for a while, is 35% ok for hatching chicks i also have 1 duck egg the temp is at 99-100 i live in germany at the moment the current humidity for the area is 40% would that affect anything. thank you
     
  2. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Florabell,
    What day of incubation are you at?
    You're humidity sounds fine to me but if you are at day 18 or later, I could see bumping it up to 60%.
    I have no duck hatching experience so I don't know what the recommendations would be.

    Never be sorry to ask humidity questions, it's always has the broadest range of opinions. [​IMG]

    Carolyn
     
  3. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I am somewhat new to hatching and I was told 40-50 for incubation and up around 60 for hatching. Mine have hatched as low as 40-45 but that's about as low as I let it go. Try putting a large sponge in the water to increase the surface area of the water! Happy hatching!

    Nate
     
  4. SierraView

    SierraView Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last year I was using 2 hygrometers and there was a 30% difference in them. Are you sure the hygrometer you're using is accurate? Seems like you should have enough water surface area to read over 50%.

    I live in a dry climate and use a hovabator incubator. Filling the center tray with water which is a approximately 4" x 6" surface area of water it will bump my humidity up from 20% to 45%.
     
  5. florasbell

    florasbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi i have a mixed hatch in there i have 10 chick due 18th and duck and 10 chicks due 21st i previously had 6 geese in there ( last month) and struggled to keep the humidity around 60 ish and found it even harder in lock down at 80% maybe thats why they died in lockdown. [​IMG]
     

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