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duck eggs and high Humidity in RCom20 digital incubator

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Primer1-206, May 12, 2016.

  1. Primer1-206

    Primer1-206 New Egg

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    I have a 4 year old (2012) RCOM 20 PRO incubator that has always worked without any problems.

    I am on Day 7 with 8 duck eggs, temp steady at correct 99.5% , humidity was 45% RH on Day 1 then 55% and now a steady 68-69% for Days 3-7. Manufacturer recommends 45-55% for water fowl.

    I tried to manually decrease %H to 45 % but machine stays on 68%.

    Water level fine so have not added more water today, esp since humidity high.

    When I briefly opened lid, the humidity started to decrease, then increased back to 68% with lid closed, so it appears humidity sensor IS working.

    Is it safe to leave lid opened just a bit to lower humidity, or too risky to control properly?

    Since it is in a controlled, sealed environment, should outside weather cause changes? NY temp has been 60s-76 degrees, low humidity. Room temp about 73-77 degrees F, room humidity 33%.
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest posting your question on the "incubating and hatching eggs" forum. Sorry, i have no experience with incubators, so i can't help.

    Good luck
    CT
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with CTken, I don't have experience with incubators either. You may also want to post questions on the "Duck thread."
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock! From my experience outside temperatures and humidity can affect the temperature and humidity in the incubator somewhat. If you'd like to reduce the humidity levels in the incubator, reduce the total water surface in the incubator, not the depth. That should should help a bit. Good luck with your hatch!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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