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

ChaddiX

Songster
10 Years
Mar 28, 2011
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Los Angeles (Leimert Park), CA
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,

CHAD
 
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macdoogle2

Songster
8 Years
Apr 3, 2011
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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.
 

thebanthams

Songster
9 Years
Jun 12, 2010
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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..
 

ChooksChick

BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist
12 Years
Aug 17, 2008
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Larry, KS
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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.
 

ncmtngal

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jan 5, 2012
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ChooksChick,

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
 

bikerchic

Songster
8 Years
Sep 22, 2011
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Virginia
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.

THANKS for sharing your experience. I read your page and tried it also. It works GREAT!!!!!
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they'reHISchickens

Songster
11 Years
Oct 31, 2008
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Reading
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.
 

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