High humidity?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by The Phantom, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    The humidity has been between 50-55% since I put the eggs in. Is that too high? The incubator is a Genesis Hovabator 1588. On the instructions it says fill tray #1 for the right humidity and lockdown fill the others for desired humidity.
    That is all I have filled right now. What do you think?
     
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

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    Judge it by how your air cells are tracking. If you need to reduce it use a smaller container than the ones provided, or even see what it reads running dry.
     
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  3. ForrestGump

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    The humidity should be around 40% until lockdown. I'm not sure from your post what day you are on. If you weighed your eggs before putting them in you can weigh them again to see if your humidity is too high. They should lose about 5% of their weight per week until lockdown.
     
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  4. I hatched 15 eggs at 50-55% humidity leading up to lockdown. Then at lockdown I had it at 70%. The chicks all lived and are perfectly healthy. I use a Farm Innovators 4250 incubator and I followed their directions exact, everything turned out perfect.
    On the other hand, I do see a lot of people say 50-55% humidity is high, even though I had no problems whatsoever. To be sure, I'd follow JaeG's air cell advice.
     
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  5. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    Here are the eggs. They are all EE bantam and Cochin bantam eggs. I have one maran egg but I can’t see a thing. I took the pictures at different angles but there are 4 different eggs.
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  6. JaeG

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    What day are you on? This is a chart I found:

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    I've incubated quail eggs on permanent lockdown humidity (75-80%) with no problems before (ok, quite frequently really). It did make me wonder about humidity in general as I've not had any 'sticky chicks' - in fact I've still had a couple take too long and start drying out. :confused:
     
  7. The Phantom

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    I set March 10th. So 15
     

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