Bantam eggs and humidity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by key west chick, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Do bantam eggs require a different humidity then standard size eggs?
     
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have hatched all my bantam and standard chickens eggs the same.
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I do mine the same as well.

    Jody
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Everyone says its the same... but I am CONVINCED that they need a little more....

    I always find I have a higher in shell death rate with bantam eggs than i do with standard eggs....
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I do mine the same as well!! [​IMG]
     
  6. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I'm finding so far it fluctuates between 50.1 and 52.9. "IT" is a Brinsea automatic humidity module. Should I mess with it or should it be fine where it is,unless I want to try to bump it up a smidge.
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    That is a bit high. It should be no higher than 45% for the first 18, then up to 65% for days 18-21

    You can try tweeking it some. If it goes below 35%, then you can worry!

    <EDIT> I just checked my incubation info, and they say to keep it between 50 and 60% so you're fine!
     
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  8. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    Quote:What do you reccomend for humidity? & what do you think the reason is that gives you a higher death rate with bantam eggs? Out of my 14 I have 6 left & 1 of those has a funny air pocket now, it is long on the side & then goes under, if that makes sense, kind of an L shape air pocket. Does humidity cause that?
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Not much help, but I had an egg that I took from the hen at 14 days that had a 'V' shaped air sac. I think it is partly the cause of humidity being low, but I kind of wonder if it's not something to do with the hen as well.

    I hatch all my bantams eggs with humidity at 35-45% for days 1-18, and 55% for hatch. This works very well for me.
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2008

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