Dry versus Humid incubaction?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pistol123, May 2, 2011.

  1. pistol123

    pistol123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    I would like to hear some different views on dry incubations versus Humid, is dry better, some of the top hatchers on these sites do dry incubation and I'm very confused ! My Sportsman tell you to incubate at 40-50, never mentions dry incubation. Please any thoughts on this?
    Thank you.
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    My thoughts on the topic? I try to keep it simple and not overthink it. I read the instructions that came with the incubator, did what they said, and got pretty good hatches.

    I suggest you decide on something. It doesn't matter a lot what that something is. Be consistent throughout the hatch, then analyze the results and adjust as necessary.

    I think you will find that we all have tremendously different circumstances and we get different results even with the same humidities. I am firmly convinced that there is no one correct answer for all of us.

    If you wish to experiment and try different things, go for it. That is your business, not mine. I wish you luck, whatever you decide.
  3. lynnemabry

    lynnemabry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    Beautiful Lake County
    I did dry, my humidity was about 20% until I added water at day 18 and I was able to get it to 50%. Had one hatch today.

    I am using a homemade bator in a very dry area and wanted simple.

    I was not expecting any to hatch after having to drive my bator home over Easter break on very bumpy roads.

    The first chick looks happy and healthy.
  4. pistol123

    pistol123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    Also what causes the airsack to show in candling at both ends, lack of moisture or too much or ?
  5. bordergurl

    bordergurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2010
    Niagara Region
    I don't add water to the incubator for a very simple reason- my house humidity is already 50-60%. I weigh my eggs daily and calculate loss. I only add water at lockdown. Works for me!
  6. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    I am no expert. But I think it might have to do with what region you live in.
    I have tried the dry incubation with terrible results, other's swear by it. I have to have water in my incubators.
  7. Bravo

    Bravo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    I only do dry incubation now. I keep the humidity around 35% the first 18 days and then 55-60% during lockdown. My hatches have been fantastic using this method and almost immediately I saw a huge decrease in the number of eggs making it to lockdown but dying before hatching.

    If you aren't hatching important eggs I would try a few hatches each way and see what works best for you.

    Make sure your hygrometer is calibrated in between hatches.

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