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first Rodeo w Incubator hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bedste, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going on Lockdown Saturday. I have a stryrofoam incubator with canals on the bottom for water. I have been keeping it at 99.5-100.5 and the humidity fluxuates between 33 and 55%... with 55% being the goal. I have to keep the canals filled to get the 55% humidity. How am I going to reach 75% during lockdown? Do I have to make room for a sponge too?
     
  2. Pick-a-LilyFarm

    Pick-a-LilyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sponges work well, and so do warm wet washcloths. Also, you can spritz the eggs with warm water just before lockdown.
     
  3. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Sponges are the easiest, IMO. Oh, yeah, and don't open the 'bator!
    If you lift the lid... even the tiniest little bit... your humidity will fall. A lot.
    Good Luck!
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  4. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok.....so the rules change before hatch... it is ok to spray them with water and I can fold upa wet wash cloth in the corner of the incubator Right?
     
  5. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    I have never misted my eggs... so I can't vouch for that one.
    Sponges are porous = more surface space = higher humidity, but a folded washcloth will work if that's all you have. I bought a bag of cheap sponges at the discount store & cut them up into little squares. Then I stack them on a small plastic lid in the 'bator. I have even put them under the floor wire... just make sure you don't have anything under the bator that can be water damaged... it can leak through the ventilation holes. The add water through the vent plugs on top of the bator with a bulb syringe or a drinking straw.
     
  6. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG I can do that! Thanks!
     
  7. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I lightly mist mine at lockdown. I also plug those annoying little vent holes in the bottom with clay so they don't leak, if I want a vent I'll do it through the top!
     
  8. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wonderful thanks so much... I can do this
     
  9. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
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    Quote:The styro 'bators - esp. the still air 'bators - use both top and bottom ventilation holes... that's why they're there. As the warm air rises, cool FRESH air is pulled in through the bottom holes.
    I wouldn't plug the bottom holes... your hatching chicks need fresh air.
     

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