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how much water needed in bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SilkieCRZYness, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. SilkieCRZYness

    SilkieCRZYness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i do not have a humidity gauge, but i read online that in a still air incubator, you want approx half the space inside to be water in a container. doesnt matter how deep just that its takes up that much room to get about 50% hum or something. ne one suggest how big of a container to have in the bator. i have a 9x9 tin tray with water in the center of my bator, should that be about right or smaller? thanks
     
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    If you can go to Wal Mart you can buy something there for less then $10.00 to check your hum. They are by the lightbulbs. I can't tell you much about the 9x9 tin tray with water in the center of your bator. That seems like a lot to me. Don't you have a place in the bottom of the bator to put water?
     
  3. chickensandmore

    chickensandmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in my freez-a-bator forced air I only have 1 pan about a 6x6 and it keeps the humidity at about 52 -60% I fill it once a week when I add or remove eggs..in my hatcher still air frig I use a 9x9 cake pan with 2 wet kitchen towels and it stays around 80%..
    Hope this helps..... You can click on my website link on the left and see my record for a recent hatch.
    Don in spiro
     
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  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I bought an Accurite thermometer/hygrometer combo from Walmart for about $7. I have a still air bator and it's very tricky to get the humidity just right. With a tin that big, your humidity will probably be way too high.
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    There are little troughs in my incubator and I just fill one little one with a little water from a turkey baster and it's always just a tad bit higher then 50% I think if your filling 1/2 it would be to high of humidity. You can cover surface space by folding tin foil and placing it under the wire. It will lower humidity within a 1/2 hour
     
  6. SilkieCRZYness

    SilkieCRZYness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i will definitly pic up a humidty gauge at walmart as i have now about 35 eggs in the bator and cant risk ne to not have what they need to be a healthy hatch. thanks all
     
  7. MrsCountryChick

    MrsCountryChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:From the info I've heard from so many people the 1st 18 days the humidity is to be 45% to 50% & the last 3 days it's to be as close to 70% you can keep it...like a range from 70% to 74%. That's what I've read from experienced hatchers postings here on BYC.
     
  8. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need a good hygrometer and thermometer, in all honesty the guessing game will be nothing but problems. [​IMG]
     

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