First time incubating eggs!

shelbylewis

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We recently had a tragedy and lost our favorite hen to a hawk. She laid an egg the morning before she was attacked so we decided to incubate some eggs including her last one in her honor. I am struggling with what the humidity level in my still air little giant incubator should be. All forums say something different. I have been managing it between 50-55% but tonight i added to much water and it went up to 60%. I am on day 9 and all embryos look good so far. I am turning the eggs manually and I am doing this at the very least 4 times a day, sometimes 5. However, I have not been turning on the same hour everyday. Will this affect the eggs? Or does it not matter just as long as they are turned?
 

JaeG

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Check the air cells to make sure they are growing large enough.
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It is very individual as to what humidity works best in your climate. If the air cells are looking too small then you will need to reduce the humidity (no lower than 25% though).

:fl for your hen's egg especially.
 

Mosey2003

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If you're opening it 4 times a day, I don't think it going up to 60% is going to be that big of an issue. It ought to come right back down after it's opened, no? If you're really worried, suck some of the water back out.
 

shelbylewis

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If you're opening it 4 times a day, I don't think it going up to 60% is going to be that big of an issue. It ought to come right back down after it's opened, no? If you're really worried, suck some of the water back out.
It does go back down after I close it, I also have one of the plugs out for more ventilation, if it goes up I take the other plug out but I try to keep at least one in at all times
 

Mosey2003

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I prefer not to use the plugs at all. I like maximum oxygen exchange. If you're working at keeping the humidity down, personally I'd pull both plugs, add some more water, and let it keep itself around 50% like it seems it 'wants' to already.
 

shelbylewis

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I prefer not to use the plugs at all. I like maximum oxygen exchange. If you're working at keeping the humidity down, personally I'd pull both plugs, add some more water, and let it keep itself around 50% like it seems it 'wants' to already.

Do you put both plugs back in when you get to lockdown?
 

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