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

    May 12, 2016
    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. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    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
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    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

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    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 LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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