French frogs

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by scflock, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Humidity comes from the surface area of the water, not the depth. So you might want to try cut sponges in the other channel so you can add or subtract sponge pieces until your humidity gets stable.

    The air in your house might be really dry this time of year due to running your furnace.
     
  2. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    The 20 is totally different. In the winter it takes both wells just to get to 40%. Be careful filling them all the way, it will leak when you turn it. You just have to do 3/4 and fill them more often. You can close the vent halfway to help, too. I've run it 1/4 open in a the winter with no issues. It takes a paper towel to wick water at lockdown, that's the only time I wish I had a pump, but I've always hatched that way with great hatch rates
     
  3. WVduckchick

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    Kahlua is wonderful, French vanilla flavor. Yum

    Biggest complaint about the 20 is keeping humidity up.
    Remember, depth doesn't increase humidity. For lockdown you can add a paper towel under the basket, draped through the wells, so it adds surface area and wicks water from the wells. Fix up a tube thru the vent to add more water as necessary when that time comes.
     
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    :highfive:
    Wasn't sure you were around to answer. ;)
     
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  5. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    Mentioning the 20 is kinda like flying the Bat signal :gig
     
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  6. WVduckchick

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    Monday thru Friday... maybe... weekend wuss... :lol:
     
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    :thumbsup
     
  8. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks guys! I knew I could count on you!
    Yes, it's cold outside and I have forced hot air heat, that dries everything out. Didn't you have a sponge in one of the rails, in your pic?

    I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only struggling to get to 40. I will add more water to the other well. Are you running your sets at 40? Mine have been doing better a little higher then that.

    I didn't even think about closing the vent hole. I noticed there are 4 holes in the bottom yellow part. Probably for water over flow but I thought they also may help with ventilation. By any chance, do you know if you can add a humidity pump to my model?


    Tubing is a great idea! I'm just so surprised that the humidity isn't higher in there. I could probably add a sponge and then have the water drop on the sponge via the tube, right?
     
  9. FridayYet

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    No, I don't use a sponge, you probably saw a piece of cardboard I used as a spacer or something, I use one well full and the humidity pump since we are so dry here. Maybe during the summer monsoons I might be able to put less water in, but here we are usually super dry, and the heater doesn't help. For lock-down I used both wells full and a paper towel and the humidity pump. The pump drips water onto a pad that hangs under the fan.

    My shipped eggs have also come from lower altitudes, so I ran the vents wide open to increase ventilation. On local eggs, my friend runs hers about 3/4 open. You might try that.
     
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  10. WVduckchick

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    Ruby, one other thing, this last hatch of mine, I added food coloring to my water because through all the eggs, and through the basket, the wells were really hard for me to see the water level. Just a thought to keep in mind. Wouldn't be so bad with just a few eggs, but I had it stuffed!
     
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