Bator humidity questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Love my Critters!, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    I live where it is very dry. It's normal to only have 15% relative humidity. I have my bator inside my house. I recently incubated 4 eggs (my first time) to try it out. I could not get my thermometer to read more than 50% humidity and I tried everything. I filled the well in my still air incubator, put a 9" round pan with water and 2 large spunges that I kept wet in there. I don't know if my humidity reader is accurate, it is digital. 3 of the eggs hatched all by themselves. 1 did not. I don't see any movement and it seems to be stuck to the shell. The others hatched 4 days ago. Does anyone have ideas on how to raise the humidity? Do you think that 1 egg was just not meant to hatch. It did keep up with the others during incubation when I would candle it. I think I just lost it close to the end and I don't know if it was a humidity factor.

    I need suggestions.
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    If it should have hatched 4 days ago, I would open it to see if it by some miracle was still alive.
  3. I live in a dry part of WA state--we've got sandy soil & sagebrush in the backyard. [​IMG]

    Anyway, I've found that filling the bottom of the bators with filtered water, adding a small butter dish with a sponge (a clean one, of course) and then--I recently got a warm mist humidifier for the egg room.

    I had to give up on hatching out my reptile eggs until I did that--I just couldn't get the humidity up high enough for most species I had--but the humidifier addition made it possible to get the humidity up to about 85% in my 'bators.

    I also had to plug all of the holes (using those red things) in my bators, as well..

    Oh & 3 out of 4 eggs is GREAT! I think I've only had 100% hatch rate ONCE in 7 years (with reptiles, that is!)
  4. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    how long does it take for the humidity to change? i filled 2 slots w water. Been warming about 20 min and it still says 35%. How long should I wait before I put more water in?

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