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

    Jan 8, 2012
    City of Five Flags
    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?

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    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

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bristol, VT
    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 Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    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

    Jan 8, 2012
    City of Five Flags
    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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