Dry Incubation VS. Wet

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AreYouLoved, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. AreYouLoved

    AreYouLoved Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2012
    Norman OKLAHOMA
    I have heard people who had great hatch rates using no water in the incubator and great hatch rates from people who used water.

    For the wet incubators I have heard various results between 20% humidity and 65% humidity and how much humidity should be the first 18 days and last 3 days of incubation.

    What is your method and why do you choose it? [​IMG]

    Samantha in OK [​IMG]
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    This is my third time trying ! the first two times I lost them all during lockdown, possible humidty was too high 71% . this time I am going for the dry method. Hopefully I will have little chickies soon !!
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  3. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    lockdown i have my humidity at 60-70% i had a great 2nd hatch. dry hatching is not adding any water for the first 18 days and i have done great with this better than i did when i was keeping the humidity at 30-35% (wet incubation)

  4. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

    Jun 27, 2008
    Southeast AR
    I just did a hatch with dry incubation. The humidity stayed at 20% for 18 days (at least that is what my hygrometer read) At 18 days, I got it up to around 30%. 6 out of 7 chicks hatched very cleanly with no problems. It is very humid here this time of year, so I think the reading on the hygrometer may be a bit off.
  5. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    I did a ton of research before heading into my first incubation, and there was so much positive information about the dry method that it is what I ended up using.

    I got about a 50% hatch out of shipped eggs on my very first try at incubating! Because I live in such an arid climate, I had to add water to keep the humidity out of the teens (kept it at about 20 to 30% until day 18).

    2 of the eggs that didn't make it weren't fertile, and 3 didn't make it due to being dirty/bacterial infection. So I know that the humidity situation played no part in the ones that didn't make it. I had a very clean hatch, and very healthy chicks afterwards.
  6. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    I only Dry Incubate now. My humidity is 16% in my incubator for the first 18 days and on day 19 I place them in my hatcher which is between 25-30% humidity. I used wet incubation when I first started hatching but I have found that dry incubation is must easier. I place a tub of water on the top shelf of my hatcher and i fill it up *** needed. (usually twice a week). I have ever really had any problems with chicks getting stuck in the eggs either. When the chicks hatch they release a lot of moisture in the air and this increases the humidity as well. What type of incubator do you have?

  7. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    I am doing dry incubating method. Right now its on 2nd day, humidty reads 16% temps is 100 I cant keep it at 99.5 !! Hopefully I will have better luck hatching this time..
  8. cjhubbs

    cjhubbs Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 6, 2012
    This is interesting! I have been reading a bit about dry incubation vs. wet incubation methods but haven't come to a consensus what I will use for my next incubation. I was wondering what qualifies for a hatch method to be"dry" vs. wet? My house tends to be very dry in the winter, the humidity is 10% right now, I was wondering how low the humidity should be in the incubator before it gets to low? Thanks so much for the help!
  9. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    my hatching was sucessful, I like the dry incubating better
  10. esoaksranch

    esoaksranch Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2011

    Interesting, I didn't know this.

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