Dry incubation.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bantu, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Bantu

    Bantu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm on day 14 of dry incubation and the humidity is and has been around 22-24%. The room with the incubator is runs around 50%. My air cells look good for day 14 but this is my 3rd attempt at hatching eggs the first two I drowned the chicks. I know the humidity has to come up to avoid shrink wrapping the chicks, My question is should I gradually bring it up to 65% over the next few days or on day 18-19 bring it up fast ?:confused:

    Thank you.
     
  2. BantamLover21

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    I would gradually increase the humidity so that it is 65-70% by day 19.
     
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  3. feedman77

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    I dry incubate in my styros.

    usually I just bring humidity up to 75 to 80 per entry on day 18 when I lockdown my chicken eggs.

    no gradual increase I just jump it up.

    good luck on your hatch this round.
     
  4. PD-Riverman

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    I go 100% along with this!
     
  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    What was you running your humidity at the hatches before---first 18 days and the hatch? Are you one that opens the incubator the last 3 days to add water, check the eggs, etc, etc?
     
  6. Bantu

    Bantu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was running at 45-50% than 65% at day 18. I only candled at day 10 and they were alive. Pulled the plug on day 24. Perfectly formed chicks but I didn't understand about the air cells.They were a little bigger than the size of a dime. So I assume they drowned. Heart broken and a expensive loss $30 for 6 BCM.
     
  7. PD-Riverman

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    45 to 50% humidity is high in my opinion, 65 for the hatch is to low in my opinion IF it had of been lower the first 18 days. I am a Firm Believer that on day 18 you remove any bad eggs, increase moisture and Do Not Open again for no reason till they hatch on day 21---if all are not hatched they ALL stay till day 22. This is presuming there is a accurate/calibrated thermometer. But some will not go along with what I just said-----some open at will and in some locations it does not hurt the hatch for some as it does others in a different location. That's your call, all I can say is I do it this way and I have a 95 to 100% hatch rate every hatch compared to myself, my mother, step sister and many friends having awful hatches(some times 2 out of 40 eggs) when we opened some during the last 3 days---so I nor none of them are going to ever open again during the hatch. If you got a question---I will be glad to try and answer. Good Luck in your future hatches.
     
  8. BantamLover21

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    I've had 100% of fertile eggs hatch several times by running the humidity at 45-50% until day 18, then increasing it to 65-70% for the hatching period. With that said, I've used the same conditions and had some problems with too-wet eggs (not high mortality, though). It just seems to vary.

    If you have had problems with too much moisture in the past, I guess I would try lower humidity this time and see if it helps.

    Good luck with the incubation!
     
  9. Bantu

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    What is the recommendation for hatch humidity above 65%.
     
  10. feedman77

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    I try to get 70 to 80 percent.

    works pretty well for me
     
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