Dropping humidity?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bettacreek, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    It seems like everyone who has a problem with humidity, has a problem keeping it up. I, on the other hand, can't get my humidity down. It's at 85%, and they were just put in last night. Is it ok to just let it run until the sponge dries up? I can't really get to the sponge to drain it out, and the hose doesn't suck water back out of it, just puts it in. Any ideas?
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    What day of incubation are you on? You just put the eggs in last night?

    I don't add a sponge til the last 3 days of incubation. Just fill the water well according to the directions with your bator.
     
  3. charlotteda

    charlotteda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may well not need that sponge... first thing I would do is remove it and watch to see what the humidity will settle to....
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    That's my thinking too, you won't need the sponge yet if you just set your eggs.
     
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    The sponge is down in the bator, UNDER the eggs, so there's no removing it. It's a homemade bator, and there are no water wells, just the sponge and a little plastic thing that the sponge is in to prevent any excess from seeping out. I have to use a sponge and not just water wells because I'm tipping the entire bator.
     

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