Brand new to incubating! any helpful tips welcomed!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by smallfarmwife, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. smallfarmwife

    smallfarmwife New Egg

    Sep 25, 2015
    Bill, Wyoming
    So my husband I bought a little giant 9300 still air incubator with a 6300 automatic egg turner. This is our first time incubating. Our humidity has been between 40%-55% and temp ranges from 99-100.5. What can I do to improve our hatching percentage??? Do I need a fan by it? When do I add water and how much? I know absolutely nothing about this. So all tips advice whatever is welcomed.
  2. ScottyTerrier

    ScottyTerrier Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2015
    I would try to keep humidity 35-45. Add water when the water you previously added is close to dry. I would not worry a whole lot about humidity during the first 18 other than keeping it kind of low.

    You do not need a fan by the incubator if the room gets air flowing in and out of it.

    It sounds like you're doing good right now. When you are ready for hatching I suggest trying to get enough humidity for a small amount of condensation on the plexi glass. One thing I think people worry too much about is drowning chicks during lockdown. I don't think you can drown a chick with humidity during lockdown nearly as easy as some make you believe. Therefore try to keep the humidity very high last 3 days.
  3. AmandaF

    AmandaF New Egg

    Sep 24, 2015
    Louisville, Ms
    I'm in the same boat as you.. I'm on day 22 ( first ever batch) .. Still holding hope tho

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