Another question about humidity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SIMZ, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!

    I'm getting ready to set eggs in my Little Giant with a fan and egg turner. My last two hatches have only been around 50% and I believe it's because of humidity issues. I think I've drowned my chicks right before hatch because I find fully formed chicks in the eggs.

    With no water added the humidity in the incubator is about 35% (outside air is about 60%. Should I add water?

    What level is ideal for the first 18 days?

    What lever is idea for the last 3 days?

    I'm in Northwest Indiana if that makes any difference.


    THANK YOU!! [​IMG]
     
  2. m.r.heavenlyhens

    m.r.heavenlyhens Out Of The Brooder

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    No, I would not add water. I do live in a humid area though. But I have let my humidity get as low as 20 and I have had excellent hatches. It seems to me that the humidity at the time of lock down is when it is important. I get temp set for few days and then put eggs in and leave alone except to turn. I never add water unless less then 20. I had such terrible hatches with high humidity and great ones with less.
     
  3. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! This helps a lot! That's what I'm going to try then.
     

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