any ideas on humidity problem

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by florasbell, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. florasbell

    florasbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok my bator has been running now for 2 months with no problems i currently have my (real) egg in there the hum was stable at 50% but the wether has warmed up alot and the hum has dropped to 30/40% and im filling the 3 trays twice aday and still no change.

    i have a deep tray with a sponge in the heating compartment another in the bottom of were the eggs are and a damp cloth in the hatcher which are all joined and share the same heat source

    is there any way other then sprayng the eggs that i can get it back up again and for it to stay there?

    keep in mind that the bator is made of untreated pine is about a meter and half tall and 50cm square

    it has the heat source at the bottom with hermostate ect then above that a separate section with eggs and tilting tables thermometer/hydrometer and above that the hatcher which also has a light bulb in as the heat cooled a lot before it got there all in all i have 3 60w bulbs heating the lot water tray in each section but hum still dropping
     
  2. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    You may need more surface area for your trays. Like a baking pan you would make brownies in. Also, you can stick sponges in random spots and keep wetting them periodically.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    The main way you control humidity is surface area of the water. Depth of water in a tray does not matter, just the exposed wet surface. So either more trays or more wet sponges can help.

    Do you have a fan in your incubator? Hot air rises and can take moisture with it. A fan helps keep the heat and moisture distributed. You can possibly raise humidity by closing vents up high if you do not have a fan, but the developing eggs need to breathe, so you do not want to stop all air movement.
     
  5. florasbell

    florasbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a large computer fan blowing up from the heating chamber and a small one blowing up on that same side as the other into the hatcher at the top i was trying to get a circluar air flow if you know what i mean up one side down the other it works quiet well i dont have any ventilation holes i it at all as there's a tiny gaps around the heat chamber door were it doesn't seal 100%
    ill try and take a picture with my web cam as me camra is broken
     
  6. florasbell

    florasbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is the out side sorry it a bit fussy that the web cam
    you can see the hatcher at the top eggs in middle and a solid door for the heat chamber
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    heat chamber sorry light so bright but i think you can get the idea
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    inside the hatching chamber i havent disided on a perminant flooring yet as it has to let air flow
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    and these are the egg section with tilting tables ect

    hee hee yes i am a woman and yes i designed and built it myself so it probably isn't perfact lol:) but it was my first real try at building one each self holds 16 chicken eggs i currently have 10 chicken bottom and 10 runner duck on the top
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2011

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