Can someone help me understand this humidity in hatcher?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dipsy Doodle Doo, May 23, 2011.

  1. Hatcher is 15" x 26" x 12" (floor space 15" x 26"). I checked my hygrometers and one read 78% and 2 read 73% after 24 hrs in baggie w/salt water *testing*.
    I'm ready to move in a group of Day 18 eggs tonight and even with almost the entire floor surface is water and humidity seems low (for that much surface area). I'm reading 60%, 55%, and 56% from same hygrometers.
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    Why so low? I'd like the humidity to be 65%, but there is no where else to put water. The 'vents' are six 1/4" holes just below the level of the rack.
    Am I looking at this wrong?
    Thanks!
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    Lisa
    HA! In the time it took to load the pic, I came up with a theory.
     
  2. jeanniejayne

    jeanniejayne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the temp?
     
  3. Hi! All the thermo / hygrometers read 99.-ish degrees F.
    My *theory* is the unsealed wood is sucking up the moisture. But I used it last 2 weeks and had no problem with getting humidity as high as I wanted, with less surface area of water. I just don't know what is going on.
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  4. Right, wrong, or indifferent --- it was time and all the Day 18 eggs are in the hatcher.

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    Lisa
     
  5. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry this is REALLY random but can you empty your inbox [​IMG] I need to pm you [​IMG]
     
  6. Hi Elizabeth! Just send an email. There is a link for my email just to the left (I don't enjoy the pm system here and emails work better for me).
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  7. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. I sent a email [​IMG]
     
  8. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

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    Soak some sponges and put them in there too.
     

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