Help trying to get humidity right

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  1. taylamiller1

    taylamiller1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok guys so it's my first time making a home made incubator and I just can't seem to get the humidity right is it because my incubator is big or what please help? [​IMG]
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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    Have you calibrated your hygrometer so you know how accurate it is? I’ll throw in the thermometer one too.

    Rebel’s Thermometer Calibration
    http://cmfarm.us/ThermometerCalibration.html

    Rebel’s Hygrometer Calibration
    http://cmfarm.us/HygrometerCalibration.html

    Humidity is controlled by the surface area of the water. The more surface area you have the more water can evaporate. How deep the water is has no effect on humidity, just how long that water lasts before it all evaporates. You don’t say if your humidity is too high or too low.

    If it is too high, you need to decrease your surface area. I don’t know how you are putting water in there, but either take out a container, a sponge, or whatever it takes. If your water reservoirs are built in, let one go dry. Another trick is to cover part of a reservoir with foil to reduce the surface area.

    If you need to increase the humidity add additional water reservoirs. You can put a sponge, paper towel, a piece of towel, something like that touching water in a reservoir so it draws water and gives more area for the water to evaporate from but remember that will dry out the reservoir faster.
     
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    Hi there my humidity is to low it's around 40% but I'm not sure how to get it higher
     
  4. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    like ridgerunner said add a sponge to the water where most of the sponge is sticking out of the water or add a container with a larger opening to increase the surface area of water exposed to the air. a sponge works best in my opinion.
     
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    Ok thanks guys will do
     
  6. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no problem let us know how you fare.
     
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    Well it's gone up to about 53%
     
  8. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks good thats about where you want it to be for the first 19 days the last three you want it to go to about 65% just add another sponge if your container is big enough or another small container of water.
     

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