HELP! 19th Day and My Humidity's 82%!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicksgalore, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 19th Day started today around 4:00 P.M. On one half of the bator (still air LG), I have cheesecloth and on the other half, I had some of that rubber matting you put in cupboards. Anyway, I poured some water in the vent holes (I have both of them open) and it must've spread over the cheesecloth/rubber and the humidity jumped to 88%! So, I actually opened the bator a couple times to try and dry some of it out (just for a few seconds at a time) but it wasn't coming down so I moved the eggs on the one side and got the rubber matting out. The humidity went down to 82 but it's hanging there now. Is this too high? Should I risk getting the cheesecloth out or let it in? I just saw one of the eggs roll and don't want to harm them. What should I do??
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If they haven't pipped the outside of the shell yet, you can open the bator to take the cheesecloth out. It shouldn't hurt them. I would think 82% is too high.
     
  3. selinagil

    selinagil Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think they'll be ok---at least there's no worry of them sticking to the membrane. Mine was really high when my chick hatched--not sure how high, but it was so humid that water was collecting on the top. Maybe some more experienced hatchers will see this and weigh in. Keep us posted. [​IMG]
     
  4. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only thing with taking the cheesecloth out is I would have to move all the eggs sitting on it to the other side and then back--will this disturb them?
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    No, just be careful not to turn them over. A little movement won't hurt them.
     
  6. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright, I think I'll go ahead and take it out then. Thanks for the advice!
     

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