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Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by lilcougar4, Mar 11, 2015.
I hear others talking about dry incubating and wanted to know what it meant ?
It means adding NO water to the incubator, just getting humidity from the air and eggs themselves. Works well in areas of naturally higher humidity.
Given that humidity requirements are different for eggs from different species and even change for eggs of the same specie as they develop, using a traditional incubator is probably a more reliable way to hatch eggs for most of us.
After 2 unsuccessful attempts to hatch last year conventionally, I went to a dry hatch and had great success..
Just open the vents in the incubator and watch the eggs.
I am glad you had good success. It is such a fun event to observe! It would never have worked where I used to live. Sometimes the humidity there was as low as 7%!!
I'm dry incubating right now since we are in the ''rainy season'' here and the humidity is 65% with out water. I'm very curious to see how it goes.
how did your hatch go? I've set eggs using the dry method this week (Mon.) the bator read 16% before I put the eggs in, now reads 32%, the room humidity is 70%. No water in the bator, it's an LG with a turner and a fan installed. These are mostly Marans eggs, with a few blue and splash Ams.
I have to be honest here. I just finished a hatch. I used the dry method and it went well, EXCEPT, the hatch got spread out. I have no idea why, but there was 4 days of hatching. The last two chicks to hatch were dry, one never did fluff up and died.
I have been experimenting with my empty hatcher, I will continue to dry hatch, but I am now going to add a small pill bottle of water to the hatcher, which brings the hatcher up to 50%. If the hatch had been shorter I would not have the problem.
Did you not ever add any water? Not even in the last 3 days? I believe most folks who dry incubate still increase the humidity during the last days.
I did not add any water..
The humidity went to 75% when they started to hatch...