HELP - humidity TOO high during hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thegreypony, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. thegreypony

    thegreypony Songster

    I tried a quick search but couldn't find what I needed fast. We have a Hovabator with the warm air circulator. - DD is hatching broilers for a 4-H project; agent gave us 60 eggs. 30+ have hatched and the inside of the bator is "raining". We are 36 hours into this hatch. I can't read the humidity read out b/c of condensation. Can I go ahead and pull the hatched chicks? IDK how to get this humidity down...chicks have stopped drying. I can pull them all and put them in our nice brooder, etc. Never had this issue before - we've only done the incubator once and always just use broody hens.

    Advice, please...thanks so much!!
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    I would take out the hatched chicks, especially if the humidity is that high. I use Hovabators for hatching and routinely pull chicks out about once a day. If the humidity is really high, like over 75, I will put paperclips or something along the edge of the incubator to crack the lid a little, this will usually drop the humidity to more reasonable levels but doesn't seem to affect the temperature.

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