How do I get the humidity down?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chichi56788, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is lockdown and the humidity is at 80% How do I get it down?
     
  2. dragonchick

    dragonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have the vents open?, this should allow some of it to escape. It will also start to go higher as the chicks hatch as they add humidity. Some add a tiny bit of desiccant to help lower it but this is not advisable during lock down.
     
  3. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have both vents open (i have a LG) should I remove the plastic window for a bit?
     
  4. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I, personally, never mess with bringing humidity down at hatch. Prior to going into the hatcher, yes. After incubation is pretty much over and the first eggs have pipped, no. I am guessing you want to do so because the eggs have not lost enough weight? If so, I have never seen that reducing the humidity at hatch helps much or at all. That is why it is important to monitor air cell size during incubation. By hatch time, it is usually too late in my experience. YMMV and others may disagree. That is just my experience.
     
  5. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would definitely NOT. You may mess with it to the point that you lose the whole hatch.
     
  6. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I already have 4 pippers and 1 zipper. Im just worried that the membrane is going to get too rubbery.
     
  7. dragonchick

    dragonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is probably why your humidity is up.I would leave them alone and resist the temptation to open the bator.
     
  8. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

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    I wouldn't worry about the humidity. I have less "stuck" chicks with higher than usual humidity.
    Just my experience.

    ...and agree with CityChicker.. to late to get more weight loss by decreasing humidity
     
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  9. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont understand about weight loss, I was just worried about the membrane.
     

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