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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fil76, Apr 4, 2018.
if doing a dry hatch should I put a bit of water in for lockdown ( last 3 days )
Dry incubation is not the absence of water just lower than usual the first 18 days. I run 35-40% the first 18 days and then kick it up to 65-70% for lockdown. Every area is different so you just have to keep an eye on your aircells to see where you need to be. If I incubate during the winter I do have to add some water to keep it 35-40% but if during the spring, my air humidity is high enough I sometimes don't have to add any water the first 18 days and it will stay as high as 45%. Lockdown humidity is very important, they need the extra to hatch.
so if your humidity is ok for the first 18 days no water till lockdown???
Exactly. If your room humidity is high, you may not have to add any or just a bit to get the % you want in the incubator. It all depends on what time of the year I incubator, it changes. Just make sure your hygrometer is calibrated.
thanks for all the answers