Help!! High Humidity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MrPurdy37, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. MrPurdy37

    MrPurdy37 New Egg

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    I have one of the A&I 144 incubators. It hold 36 chicken eggs and I have that many in it, I have had very good luck with it on other hatches but this time I'm experiencing high Humidity. I have reduced the water to were there is almost none in it and it's still reading at 68%. I'm on day two of incubation. Any help or tips would be highly appreciated! Thanks
     
  2. BobDBirdDog

    BobDBirdDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    68% isnt that bad really, I have incubated at 75% thrugh out the process and had good results.

    The gauge sensor could be off, batteries going dead or the true humidity due to the weather.

    If you can pull the gauge or sensor you can test it at home.

    I wrote a review of a couple years back, but it also tells you how to test the hygrometer at home. (thats if you can remove it and isolate it while incubating).

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...meter-and-hygrometer-review-and-recomendation

    If its not clear enough, you can look for other links as there are hundreds of them out there and on the BYC board.

    If all checks out, and you want to get the humidity down, a dry kitchen sponge may pull in some of the moisture/humidity, dry it back out in the oven or with a hair dryer.
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Personally I would never incubate in a table top incubator with that high humidity unless my air cells were growing very large very fast. The majority of hatchers find that 50% and higher results in not enough moisture loss leading to the egg over the first 17 day causing DIS chicks come hatch time.
    I would start with removing all water and drying out the incubator. Second I would check the hygrometer for accuracy/add a second hygrometer if you need. They do loose their accuracy. If your hygrometers are still saying high after they've been checked and the bator is empty you can try a few things. A cup of uncooked rice or unpopped popcorn in the bator to draw the moisture. I have a friend that used the charcoal/carbon powder they sell in dollar stores to lower room humidity, very successfully with no adverse affects to the eggs or chicks. She either used a quarter or half cup in there having to change it every couple days.

    I usually run dry if my humidity stays above 25% for my standards, with the goal of averaging about 30% over the first 17 days.
     

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