Dry Hatch Humidity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by newham0614, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Virginia. I've been reading about this method and want to give it a try. My first hatch went terribly wrong but i've now bought a hygrometer. It's holding steady at 16% with a temp of 101. Is that too low? I have a little giant bator. No fan. I just bought some D'uccle eggs and they will ship monday. Any help?
     
  2. phasian

    phasian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! I use the dry incubation method myself, but keep my eggs between 20-30% humidity during the setting and then go to the "normal" range of around 55-60% for the hatch-- "lock down". I have had much better hatching results using this method, but I use Hovabators that do have a fan.
     
  3. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    have you calibrated your hygrometer so you know it is accurate? If you haven't I will post you a link on how to do it.

    Even a dry hatch I'd say get it to 25% put just a little water in there, or put you a small strip of wet sponge in there and keep it moist.

    101 is perfect for a still air. [​IMG] sounds like your doing good.
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

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  5. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    its kind of to "each their own" kind of thing, but definately you want to get it up to 25%. I've had mine right on 25% for 18 days till lockdown where I have popped it up to 60% and I have 2 pips on day 19. [​IMG] I have had bad results with 40+ humidity in the early stages, but thats just me.
     
  6. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the advice. I can't seem to get above 16% and i got eggs on the way. Yikes
     
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Sure your gauge works?
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Calibrate the hygrometer. You'll need:

    salt
    water
    zipper storage bag
    bowl

    Using 2 parts salt to 1 part water, you want to make a 'paste' in the bowl. It should look like wet sand. Put the sand/water mixture bowl inside the storage bag. Place the hygrometer inside the bag (NOT in the bowl). Zip it up, for at least 8 hours. After 8 hours, the humidity should read 75%. If it doesn't, you know how far 'off' the hygrometer is and can adjust accordingly [​IMG]

    I think 16% is too low, I don't add water to my incubator but maybe once a month, but it still stays close to 25%.
     
  9. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put one vent plug in and added a small towel to soak up water and got it up to 25%. Thanks for the advice.
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The only problem with doing that is once it gets to hatch time you have to take that vent plug out again. I leave the plugs out of mine so I don't have fluctuating temps during the hatch, it's easier to keep it steady.
     

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