Help! Day 19 and I cant get the humidity past 40%

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by maus, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. maus

    maus Songster

    Oct 30, 2007
    And I am in Florida! I dont know what else to do. I have added water, I put a sponge in there as well. I do hear peeping but no pips yet. Should I just leave it alone ? I have the Genesis bator. I think I screwed it up because when I unplugged the turner the other day and was placing the eggs on the screen, I realized I had unplugged the wrong cord. It was the bator not the turner. So, I quickly plugged it back in and got all the eggs situated. Ever since then, the humidity has been driving me nuts! [​IMG]
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    You really should try to get the humidity higher...a wet washcloth, wet sock or another sponge inside a small butter tub?.... 60 to 70% range is what you are shooting for to help keep the shell membrane pliable for the chick to get out of....
  3. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Are you sure your hygrometer is correct? Im in Florida too, and my outside humidity is 50%. With all you've done, Id think your bator humidity would be good.
  4. quillizmightier

    quillizmightier In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2008
    I had a problem with humidity, and my hubby went to the Dollar store and got two of those cheapie giant yellow car washing sponges. I put them in and my humidity hit 78% in the hour. I also have put a warm mist humidifier next to the bator when I have the AC running to compensate for the dry air in the room.
  5. Do you have a humidifier? If so place one close to the bator. It will slowly increase your humidity. I also keep a pan of water with a sponge in it and fill it when it's about 1/2 gone.
  6. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    If you are in Florida, I would bet your hygrometer is not recording the humidity correctly. The dang things are notorious for not being accurate. Are you seeing any moisture on the lid? If you are then the humidity is plenty high, possibly to high. If you added the sponges and water in all the channels and it has not changed, my guess is a bad hygrometer. I have purchased 6 different one and as many here will tell you the digital models are not always accurate. Also check the batteries in your unit.

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