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Dry incubating? please share stories

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by heritagebirds, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    I am interested in hearing more about people's experience with dry incubating. I am using Hovabators and have chicks right at hatch. I live in a humid region, so maybe filling the tray, per the instructions, really doesn't work here. Did you get better hatch, worse hatch? Do you live in a humid/dry region? Thank you so much for your help.

  2. newdock

    newdock Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    British Columbia
    I live in a fairly humid region (not tropical or anything mind you!). I had the worst luck with incubating until I tried my version of dry incubating. I just closed up the incubator and didn't open it unless I wanted to candle and then I would add a tiny bit of water. On day 18, I added more water to up the humidity for hatching.

    I also left the plugs out a lot as the house humidity was high enough most of the time.

    Doing this also allowed me to put the eggs in a carton and then tip the whole incubator a bit side to side as I don't have a turner. No need to open it and no worries about water sloshing around inside. I just put a 2x4 under one side of the incubator and switched it every 8 hours or so.

  3. saladin

    saladin Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    Al Sanchez is the one to ask about dry incubation: by the way, he lives in Florida. saladin
  4. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    [​IMG] Thank you both, I have had some success, and I followed the directions; it just didn't seem to turn out that good with all the worrying I did. [​IMG]

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