Argh! First day of lockdown, but humidity @ 50%

Red&Yellow

Songster
10 Years
Sep 30, 2009
563
1
129
Frederick County, MD
Oh, I am so frustrated. This incubation has been crazy. (Well, more crazy than normal)

First, the temp swings because the weather in Maryland dosen't feel like conforming to a season, then the humidity troubles - I like to keep it about 40-45 percent throughout incubation, but was havig such trouble! It fluctuated between 30-40, and the eggs felt it - I saw some rather large air pockets than I like.

And now! Lockdown, and only 50%!!
Urgh!




Sorry for the rant.........
 

Kedreeva

Longfeather Lane
10 Years
Jun 10, 2010
2,348
407
286
Michigan
If it's only the first day, soak a paper towel (or two) and crack the incubator just enough to cram them in.
 

SarahIrl

Songster
9 Years
May 4, 2010
877
10
131
West Cork, Ireland
You're ok on the day of lockdown to ad wet things as you feel fit. Even crack the lid a couple of times to mist water over the eggs, but you can't do this once they are pipped. Good luck. Had a few humidity problems myself.
 

FenDruadin

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 30, 2009
3,744
215
281
Charlotte, NC Area
Don't worry about opening the incubator until the first egg pips. Up to that point, you aren't going to mess them up by opening and closing. Put whatever you have to in there to get the humidity up--I use lots of wet rags. I always wet them with hot water which helps get the humidity up fast.

And don't worry about large air cells, unless they're really ridiculous (like 1/2 the total egg volume). In fact, 1/3 the total volume is ideal. I just lost most of a hatch because my air cells were too small. Only the four eggs with large air cells hatched (out of 20 eggs).

Just do what you can to get the humidity up. It will go up further when they start to hatch. Then sit back and enjoy.
 

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