Can't get the humidity up over 73%....and....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by seabreeze, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. seabreeze

    seabreeze Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when the eggs go into lockdown and we open up the *plugs* the humidity drops to 50%. HELP. [​IMG] What can we do to alleviate the humidity problem (we have sponges always wet as well as a small bowl of water) and especially when we open the plugs for air circulation.

    The incubator is like to Hovabator with fan but no egg turner.

    Thanks.
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    73 is plenty. Have you calibrated you gauge? What humidity did you run the first 18 days?
     
  3. thebirdguy

    thebirdguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience, 70% humidity during lock down is plenty... This last hatch of mine I stayed right at 60% after lockdown and had no problems at all with shrinkwrapping... As a side note, I kept it at 40% the first 18 days...
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    That's a good range. I use 60 to 70% for my last 3 days.
     
  5. seabreeze

    seabreeze Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The max we've gotten during any range is 73% humidity. With the vents open during the last 3 days its 50%.

    How do you calibrate humidity gauge, we haven't done that.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  6. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:yep.. same here [​IMG]
     
  7. ChickadeeMom

    ChickadeeMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have mechanical humidity gauge...is there any calibration needed for those?? or can i just stick it in?
     
  8. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Youre fine - at 70%. Seriously - you are fine.

    You need to read the sticky on dry incubation.
     
  9. seabreeze

    seabreeze Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone.[​IMG]
     

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