First time incubator questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SuJo, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. SuJo

    SuJo New Egg

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    Hi everyone!
    I bought a cheap incubator from China I think just to try incubation without spending too much. I ran it for over a week and obsessed over the temp and humidity until I was convinced all was well. I calibrated my thermometers and hygrometers, placed them carefully in varied locations, used mercury thermometer and instant read thermometers for back up (yes - 5 total!) monitored and logged everything. I heard the cheap incubators had difficulty maintaining consistent temps. Once it was running seems pretty stable. I put my eggs in on Saturday. It has been holding temp steady, but once eggs in, I had some difficulty with humidity. I couldn't seem to get the humidity below 70% for the first 3 days. Now it's around 50% pretty consistently with all three temp/hygrometers. I live in a very dry climate. Does anyone know if the first 3 days of high humidity will be lethal for my hatch? Also - there seems to be many opinions out there from all sorts of experts on the level of humidity! So confusing! Any thoughts?
     
  2. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I often fight humidity the opposite direction but since you've corrected the problem you should be OK. I think it is more of a problem if it extends all the way through and the egg is retaining too much moisture within itself.
     
  3. SuJo

    SuJo New Egg

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    Whew - thanks! I feel better already! Was sure I ruined the whole batch :)
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Humidity only compromises the hatch as the average over the entire incubation. I'll share a link I think will help you understand humidity, it's importance, and how it can compromise your hatch.
    http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com...anuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity
     
  5. SuJo

    SuJo New Egg

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    Thanks SO much!
     
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