Do the eggs affect the humidity level?

FC16

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This probably sounds stupid but I’m still very new to this.
I’ve had issues with humidity and temp on my last hatch I did (which was my 2nd time doing it)
I’ve got 12 Silkie eggs arriving in 2 days which I’m hoping for high success on

I’ve got the incubator to a level where the temp is 38.5 degrees Celsius (101F) and humidity 55%, which I think is the correct level for hatching if what I have read is right.

my question is, once I put the eggs in, will that affect the humidity? Will it make the humidity increase/decrease or will it stay the same?

if not, is it a good idea to start running the incubator a couple days before and get to grips with humidity properly before putting them in?
 

BirdsBeesTrees

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Yes the eggs affect the humidity level when you first put them in. It will increase the humidity to add eggs but it should stabilize after a couple days.
Its always good to get your incubator up and running before you have eggs to put in it.
 

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Yes the eggs affect the humidity level when you first put them in. It will increase the humidity to add eggs but it should stabilize after a couple days.
Its always good to get your incubator up and running before you have eggs to put in it.
So should I put enough water in a few days before to put it to around 45%so that once the eggs go in it will stablizise to should 50-55%
 

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I incubate at around 30-45%. I wouldn't put any water in the first day to see where it is and how much water you need to add. It should just be a small amount.
 

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I would aim for 40-45% humidity for the first 18 days.... in my experience anything over 50% is too high.

Also it's not the 'amount' of water that gives you the humidity change.... its the size of surface area of water. So experiment with a couple of different sized containers to see how the amount of water surface area affects the humidity.
 
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FC16

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Also do you have a still air incubator or a forced air incubator?

38.5 deg is too hot for a forced air incubator
Oh I’m not actually too sure I think it’s still , it’s not a very good incubator at all to be honest it looks like this
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Yes the eggs affect the humidity level when you first put them in. It will increase the humidity to add eggs but it should stabilize after a couple days.
Its always good to get your incubator up and running before you have eggs to put in it.
Can I ask how much the humidity will increase with eggs? It’s just the humidity is around 32% right now which I think is too low
 

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