dry incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by erin0415, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. erin0415

    erin0415 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying the dry incubation method this time, but think im a little too dry. Humidity has been lower this time, I guess from the heater running. I started out the first couple of days around 26% and had a hard time getting it up. Now I am running 34-37%. Is this a good level???
     
  2. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I did dry incubation last time and this time. I only put water in when it got down to about 27% and then not a whole lot of water. Most of the time it stayed in the low 30's so I think you are good.
    Becky
     
  3. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I had the best hatch ever this time. 33 out of 39 eggs hatched and one more pipped but did not make it out. I kept the humidity low,around 30% for the first 19 days. I DID NOT INCREASE HUMIDITY UNTIL LATE DAY 19! Then I increased it to only 60%. I had babies popping out like popcorn. I think this allowed the air cell to get larger,giving the chick more air to breath between internally pipping and pipping the outer shell. It worked for me.
     
  4. erin0415

    erin0415 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope mine does as well. Everyone has raved about how well it has worked for them and improved their hatch rate. I can't wait till I candle tomorrow- day 7- and get an idea of how things are going.
     
  5. amainehenhouse

    amainehenhouse Out Of The Brooder

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    Is this something new? Dry incubation? Whats the temp set at? How much water do you add? I would like to try it! Thanks![​IMG]
     
  6. Jamie821

    Jamie821 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you can keep your room humidity up at about 50percent which I did I didnt have to add water at all the first eighteen days. I add two teaspoons full if it drops to twenty five. then for hatch I hatch at 58 percent have had the greatest hatches since I started using the dry method. In the first eighteen days like it to stay at about 32 but I never add water until it drops to 25
     
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
  8. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is the purpose or theory for adding water or humidifying the air?
     
  9. doubleostud

    doubleostud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had great luck with dry, normally my house stays around 37-40% and I just add a touch of water the last couple of days to get it in the 50% range. Normally I would say my hatch rate is around 90%, including counting non fertilized and blood spots. I have had far better luck incubating dry than wet.
     

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