do i put water in incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by madabouthens, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. madabouthens

    madabouthens Out Of The Brooder

    May 14, 2011
    when i have my eggs in the incubator do iput water in it ???? thanks in advance
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    That depends on a lot of things. What day are the eggs on? What kind of incubator do you have? What do the instructions for your incubator tell you to do? How humid is the air where you live? What is the humidity in your incubator now?
  3. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    I`ll need help with this to as I will be first time incubator user in a few days.
  4. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
  5. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer


    We moved in April to a much more arid region, and incubating is a whooooooole different ball of wax here than it was when we lived just 60 miles away. Up here where the air is dry, I am constantly adding water to my LG forced air. Conversely, the Reptipro holds the humidity MUCH better & I only have to add about 2 ounces of water to the channels in the bottom tray each week of incubation with about 4 ounces right before lockdown.

    When we lived in the Valley, I would put water in the Reptipro at the beginning of incubation and not have to add it again until right before lockdown, and the Reptipro would hold it extremely well. It still holds it well, but because this is an arid environment, I do have to add a little water about once a week to keep the humidity around 40%.

    The LG is a whole different beast. The water channels have to be refilled every other day & new sponges added frequently, and even at that it only keeps the humidity between 30% and 40%. At best, I can only ramp it up to about 55%-60% for lockdown & it doesn't hold for squat out here in the arid mountain country. I'm going to invest in a plastic liner tray for the LG and hope that helps keep the humidity in!

    So there are a lot of factors involved. The type of incubator, your general environment and climate, the number of eggs in your incubator, they all play a role in how/if you need to add water to your incubator.

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