Dry incubation humidity question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by artathart, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. artathart

    artathart Chillin' With My Peeps

    582
    0
    119
    Mar 31, 2011
    I am attempting a dry incubation. I have had a steady reading of 35-37% over the past 5 days. It got really hot today and my humidity went down to 30%. I just want to make sure thats not to low and know what number is too low so I can add water if needed.
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    10,884
    23
    291
    Jul 17, 2009
    Yeeeessss....but doesn't that defeat the point of dry incubation? [​IMG]

    It is so dry here, I end up diong "dry incubation" whether I want to or not. I have had plenty of shrink-wrapped chicks, so I would say yes, add water if you need to.
     
  3. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,112
    103
    241
    Jan 13, 2010
    Fairfield, Maine
    My Coop
    I'm attempting a dry incubation too. I am aiming for 35% humidity (although mine dropped to 20% one night!). I plan on 70% for lockdown.

    Keep in mind, that this is my very first hatch, and I don't know what I am doing!

    After all I have read on here, those were the numbers I decided to go with.
     
  4. artathart

    artathart Chillin' With My Peeps

    582
    0
    119
    Mar 31, 2011
    I think i will just leave it alone unless I drop below 30.......[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2011
  5. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,386
    10
    153
    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    Mine have dropped down to the 20's and still hatched just fine as long as when you reach day 18 you make sure you boost it up to 70% you will have a great hatch [​IMG]
     
  6. artathart

    artathart Chillin' With My Peeps

    582
    0
    119
    Mar 31, 2011
    Quote:In order to reach 70% I just want to fill all water slots in the bottom and put both plugs in correct?
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I've had mine drop to zero and still had a good hatch. Like Laree I do dry hatches whether I like it or not.
     
  8. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,386
    10
    153
    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    Quote:In order to reach 70% I just want to fill all water slots in the bottom and put both plugs in correct?

    you fill the wells , and also wet towels, anything you can get in there.

    Other wise you will sit at 65 and not be able to get any higher.

    Do you have a fan in your incubator if you don't have a fan only open 1 red plug. If you have a fan open them both .
     
  9. artathart

    artathart Chillin' With My Peeps

    582
    0
    119
    Mar 31, 2011
    Quote:In order to reach 70% I just want to fill all water slots in the bottom and put both plugs in correct?

    you fill the wells , and also wet towels, anything you can get in there.

    Other wise you will sit at 65 and not be able to get any higher.

    Do you have a fan in your incubator if you don't have a fan only open 1 red plug. If you have a fan open them both .

    Well I dont have any plugs in now. Should I put one in? I have no fan. So do I lay the towel under the metall mesh or under the eggs? Should the towel be soaking wet or just damp? It would need to be a thin towel I would assume in order for the wire mesh to fit nack in right?
     
  10. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,386
    10
    153
    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    Quote:you fill the wells , and also wet towels, anything you can get in there.

    Other wise you will sit at 65 and not be able to get any higher.

    Do you have a fan in your incubator if you don't have a fan only open 1 red plug. If you have a fan open them both .

    Well I dont have any plugs in now. Should I put one in? I have no fan. So do I lay the towel under the metall mesh or under the eggs? Should the towel be soaking wet or just damp? It would need to be a thin towel I would assume in order for the wire mesh to fit nack in right?

    I wad the wet towels up and put them in a corner away from the eggs or fold them and put them to one side with the eggs in the center on the wire mesh.

    But I make sure there are at least 4 towels, or 4 something that can hold water in each corner and yes I make them soaking wet.

    It can be even a maxi pad , or sock length just anything and wad or fold it up and place in the corner [​IMG] no one judges on style .....

    Some people use liners so the chicks will have something soft to stand on, but i don't bother with that.

    I would put 1 plug back in it dont matter which one it is.
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2011

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by