Going into lock down -- UPDATE Humidity dropped to 45% - Oh crap!

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  1. JulieZ

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    I'm to be in lock down by 4:30pm today. (Based on time I put eggs in on 7/22) I've had no issues with humidity but suddenly I can not get it to go higher than 50%. I've added water, sponges, the temperature is perfect, the A/C vent in the room is closed off, I put a quilt over the curtains/window & the house is 78*. What else can I do?
     
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  2. What are you using to measure the humidity? Are you using more than one device to measure humidity??
     
  3. JulieZ

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    I put another in & it was reading 1 or 2 degrees less. I do have it up to 70 right now & hopefully it will climb some more because there is nothing like duct tape to get a job done. I taped corners, sides & the plexiglass on top. Any place I thought humidity could flow from, it was taped. Then my temperatures spiked quickly to 102 so I pulled back the lamp & it now sits at 100.9. You can bet I'm going no where today. I'm on the home stretch & I've lost too much to leave now. [​IMG]
     
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I put a papertowel down over the wire and have folded ones in the water channels, so the water wicks up into the one on the wire. It works perfectly for me.
     
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    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Also, you NEED to have airflow, so don't tape it all up- the air must keep going in the holes so the oxygenation remains good. You'll just want to have a wet cloth or something on the wire.
     
  6. JulieZ

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    Quote:TY ... off to remove tape, add wet paper towel. I'm starting to understand the nervous wreck comment I see all over the boards.
     
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    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    [​IMG] It's maddening how it can make a person SO ATTENTIVE!!

    I've hatched no less than 500 at this point, so I'm well versed. It make a girl crazy, though!
     

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    Tape gone except on very corners (mine is homemade 10 gallon tank/has fan inside) where there are some small gaps, added paper towel & it shot up to 72 !!! Come on paper towel !!! [​IMG]
     
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    75 !!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Woohoo!! Works for me.

    You just don't want to get too much in contact with the egg- just where it sits is fine, but no drenching the eggs.
     

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