DRY INCUBATING hatching today

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mark3208, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. mark3208

    mark3208 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2008
    Set 42 eggs in styrofoam hovabator to try dry incubating. Removed four at day 12 after candleing. moisture stayed at around 30 to 35%,but dropped below 25% for a few days.I somehow resisted the urge to add water.Today is day 21 and eggs are hatching like clockwork. Ten have hatched so far,several more have pipped. after the first 2 eggs started hatching,the moisture level went from 35%to 92% in a couple of hours,im debating whether to vent the moisture down a little,i think i will just leave them alone and see what happens.
  2. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    I did dry incubating for the most part this round and have had my best hatch so far.
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    It wouldn't hurt them to vent it a bit, but it also shouldn't hurt them to just leave it like it is. You should have raised the humidity up to at least 50% for the hatch, though. But good job anyway!!
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    On day 18 you should pull the plugs out to get fresh air for the chicks and up the hum to 65%ish. I would take a vent plug out 95% is way to high, the chicks are at risk of drowning in there shell.

    ETA: Read this on dry incubation it might help you understand it a little better.... https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-DryIncubation.html
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008

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