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Dry Incubation **NOW WITH PHOTOS!** - How Low is Too Low? 10% Humidity**ANSWERED: NO.**

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChaddiX, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. ChaddiX

    ChaddiX Out Of The Brooder

    Hello Everyone!

    I've got bantam and standard size eggs in a HOVABATOR 1588 Genesis and they've been in for 6 days at 10% humidity. Is that too low if I'm using Worrell's Dry Incubation method? I read the article and it's a little misleading as to what the actual hygrometer reading should be.

    Thanks in advance,

    Last edited: Jan 25, 2012
  2. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2011
    San Diego
    I try do dry hatch at around 30% humidity. I live in SoCal and right now I have to add some moisture to keep my humidity at that level.
  3. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    I am learning to hatch. due Jan 28th. I am doing dry incubation, mine reads 16% I I am going to add water for little humity this weekend. Last few days during lockout, increase humidity by adding a sponge..
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I don't even use a hygrometer any more- at all.

    There is a link in my signature to my incubation page, and it might help a bit.
  5. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    ChooksChick, you might have to update your link...it's coming up as an error...
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Welllllllllll CRAP SANDWICHES! I'll fix it.

    Here: http://goo.gl/M2EWv
  7. ncmtngal

    ncmtngal Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 5, 2012

    Thanks so much for this info on dry incubation. I really appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge.

    One question - in the beginning of your instructions you say to completely ignore humidity but the last paragraph in Q&A says to not let the humidity drop below 20%. Is this just for the last few days?
    I'm asking because my hygrometer - before adding eggs - reads 10%

    Kerri in NC
  8. bikerchic

    bikerchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2011
    THANKS for sharing your experience. I read your page and tried it also. It works GREAT!!!!! [​IMG]
  9. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    In my limited experience, under 20% is too low. I get into those danger zones during winter hatches when the inside air is very very dry since we heat with a pellet stove. I had much better results in the 20-30% dry incubation range.
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Yea, me too. I keep my humidity as close to 28% as I can. On day 18, I fill all the channels.

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