dry incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by emmaellis111, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. harrellkd

    harrellkd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm confused about the concept of dry incubation and increasing humidity. How do you increase humidity if it is truly dry?
     
  2. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its only dry for the first 17-18 days, then the humidity has to go high so the chick doesn't get shrink wrapped [​IMG] x
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    The term "dry incubation" is very misleading. I use the term "low humidity incubation" because that is really what it is. You don't want no humidity, but a lot of the time you can run dry and still run at 25 or 30% humidity. More if you are in a humid climate. I only run truely dry if the bator will stay above 25% when it's dry. I don't like anything lower than that for any period of time. If it won't hold that dry I add a wet sponge to the bator and that usually holds it about 30%.

    At hatch you need humidity. No matter what you do the first 17 days, those babies need moisture to hatch out. Most people increase to at least 60-65%. If you are a hands off hatcher that's fine. I hatch at 75% because I am so not a hands off hatcher.

    Here's more about the concept: http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com...anuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity

    ETA: It's NOT recommended for high altitude hatching. Higher elevations need higher humidity.
     
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  4. harrellkd

    harrellkd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Gotcha! I have never hatched before, so all of this is new to me! Trying to learn as much as I can!
     
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  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Best way to do it!
     
  6. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2! I totally agree. My hatches have become way more successful when I switched to dry.
     
  7. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well im in day 13, will let u all know how we get on, but so far all looking good [​IMG] x
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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  9. harrellkd

    harrellkd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm on day 4. As far as I can tell everything is good so far. Can't wait to candle!
     
  10. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] you should of seen my face when I candled the eggs ,the grin on my face was huge , just seeing a black dot made me smile, I couldnt resist I candled the egg again on day 11 and when I saw the large dot move i was jumping around with joy, but the main reason im trying the dry incubation is because im too lazy to keep filling it up, especially I have 3 kids under the age of 4 so when the alarm goes off at 4am and wakes the kids up..god it was nightmare [​IMG] but so far there's been no alarms or constantly filling up, so hopefully it works out mighty fine [​IMG][​IMG] cant wait
     
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