Cant Get My Humidity Right... UpDate on Hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FirstTimer, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. FirstTimer

    FirstTimer Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the first time i am trying to hatch eggs and ive heard i need to get the humidity around 60% and right now ive only got it at 54% and i cant get it any higher.

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    Is it ok if i lay them normal in the incubator? like with out a carton or anything?


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    if i put them in yesterday (Dec 2nd) would that mean that today (Dec 3rd) would be day 1 or day 2?

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    what day do chickens hatch?

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    My 2 Temp Takers are Giving me diffrent readings.

    1 says 100 (electric)
    1 says 96 (Stick)

    If you see anything wrong with my incubator please tell me so i can at least get some chickens out of this hatch.

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    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Hi! [​IMG]

    The temp depends upon what kind of incubator you have. It it still-air or is there a circulating fan?
    I usually shoot for 40% humidity the first 18 days, then at lockdown on Day 18 I raise it to about 55-60%. Everyone has their own way of incubating, you have to figure out what works best for you.
    As far as Day 1, if I put them in in the morning, I call that Day 1. If it's later in the day, I call the next day Day 1.
    Lying in the incubator is fine, some use cartons for the last 3 days. Normally you turn the 3-5 times a day until Day 18. On Day 18, stop turning, boost the humidity and DO NOT open the incubator until the hatch is done.

    I hate to give you a link again, but you do need to check this out. It has all the basics and more!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=48726
     
  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    Quote:Yes, i second this!!!!
     
  4. FirstTimer

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    thanks alot and its a still-air incubator
     
  5. NancyP

    NancyP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same thermometers as you and found the stick to be more accurate. For still air the temp should be 102 or as close as you can get it. I would aim for the low side of 102 this allows for safer temp fluctuations. Happy hatching.
    Nancy
     
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  6. FirstTimer

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    ok so i put them in the incubator last night around 6 p.m. so that means today is Day 1?
     
  7. NancyP

    NancyP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, you got it right. 6-6 is 24 hours that is one day.
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  8. FirstTimer

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    ok one more question [​IMG]


    is there any way you can tell what type of chicken they are by looking at the eggs?

    when i bought them they just said "chicken eggs"
     
  9. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Not really. It varies a lot.
     
  10. FirstTimer

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    Ok can i have some tips from people on how to get my humidity up for Future reference???
     

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