High humidity - How can I get it down?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by (sub)UrbanCoop, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. (sub)UrbanCoop

    (sub)UrbanCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am attempting my first hatch (with help from my two children [​IMG]).

    I have a small, forced air incubator. Similar to a Brinsea mini. It holds a dozen eggs. I have the eggs in along with a Accurite digital thermometer (with humidity reader). The humidity is high compared to what I have read and where it should be. It is currently at 59%.

    Can anyone give me an idea on how I can get this down?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't know how that model handles humidity. With mine, I have reservoirs in the bottom that I can fill. In my type, the water surface area is what controls humidity. I choose which different sized reservoirs to fill. They are different sizes. You can also cover part of the reservoir with something like tin foil to reduce the water surface area.

    I don't know what your vents look like. You might be able to reduce it by opening a vent?
     
  3. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Ridgerunner. Humidity is the measure of the amount of moisture trapped in your incubator if you could vent it somehow either with a plug if you have the styrofoam type of bator or maybe open it a crack to let out some moisture the humidity would go down.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Before you make any drastic changes, be sure to calibrate your hygrometer (as well as your thermometer) as they can be off by a considerable amount. Google Calibrate a Hygrometer to find the steps involved.

    I always run my incubators with all the vents open.
     
  5. (sub)UrbanCoop

    (sub)UrbanCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info everyone. I did find the tiny vent holes that are doing nothing for the unit, so I cracked the lid open using the a paperclip and viola! 50% humidity. I've read where some folks say to use 60% humidity the first weeks, I just really think that it to high. I'll keep it hovering at 50 and candle my eggs in a week and weight them in a couple of days.

    Thanks again!
     

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