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First time dry hatching, What humidity should I hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Countrypunk92, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying dry hatching, my incubator was at 40%, when I put them in the hatcher, it stays around `80%, isnt this too high?
     
  2. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    50% - 65% until the last 3 day then go up to 65% - 75%... That's what my book says...
     
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  3. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's for regular hatching. Dry hatching calls for 20% - 30% until day 18, then raising it to the regular hatching humidity of 65% through 75%
     
  4. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For some reason it is the same humidity if I add water... [​IMG]
     
  5. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is your heating element close enough to the water to effect it (evaporation)...?
     
  6. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a food dehydrator, and I have no water in the incubator.
     
  7. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what temps are you keeping in the dehydrator? I've never heard of anyone using a dehydrator as an incubator. I dry hatched my last batch in a LG incubator and the humidity would stay about 30%for about a week and then drop to 23 or 24 I would put one tablespoon of water in the incubator and the humidity would go back up to 30 for another week then drop. I had 11 of 22 hatch, and the 11 that didn't hatch were fully developed but shrink wrapped.
     
  8. SeattleLeah

    SeattleLeah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have been dry hatching for some time now and I like it for the ease but I keep getting very sticky chicks. Also, nearly all my eggs make it to lock down and then only 2 or 3 out of a dozen hatch. Im worried they are getting shrink wrapped. My incubator is in the basement with ambient humidity of around 85% but inside the bator it drops to the teens. This hatch I am adding a bit of water a few times a week to keep the humidity between 20-30%. Has anyone else had problems with their humidity getting too low? Air vents are all open. It is so strange!?!? I have a hovabator styrafoam with a computer fan installed. thanks!
     
  9. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert when it comes to incubating. I've hatched pheasants in a homemade cooler bater. Chickens in a styrofoam cooler bater and the last time using a LG incubator dry with no fan. I enjoy incubating, I kept notes last time only to see what humidity stayed in the bator as the days went by. other wise what happens, happens. I get about a 50% hatch rate, one time I went 0-24 but I think I got unfertile eggs. Last time using the dry method I had 22 chicks develope fully, 11 hatched over a 3 day period, 11 were shrink wrapped, 2 were duds. Next time I incubate I will do another dry hatch but will use a fan. Keep the temps right, turn them three times a day, and have fun.
     
  10. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

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    I'm no expert either. But I think it depends on where you live. I have been hatching eggs for more than 15 years. I cannot use the dry hatch method here where I live. I have tried 3x and lost all the eggs every time. I will never do it again.
     

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