how to make humidity in incubator?

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  1. awaisahmed

    awaisahmed New Egg

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    friends how to make humidity in incubator???
    and how much humidity i set in incubator ????
     
  2. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Yorkshire Coop

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    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! To create humidity in your incubator you need to add water. The humidity is created by the surface area of water and not the depth of it. If your incubator has water channels or troughs add the water to them then let your incubator settle to see what your hygrometer is reading. If the humidity is not high enough you can add cloths or kitchen paper to the water so that they wick the water and therefore create more surface area.

    If you are incubating chicken eggs then I would reccomend 45% for the first 18 days of incubation. Then when you stop turning your eggs and put them in lockdown bumb the humidity upto at least 65% for them to be able to hatch.

    Humidity needs to be an average over the entire incubation period in order for the eggs to lose enough moisture so the air sac can grow large enough for the chick to be able to pip into. Short term changes in humidity shouldn't be a problem as long as the average is ok. Monitoring air sac growth during incubation should also help with knowing if your eggs are losing enough moisture. If your air sac looks too big add more humidity and if it looks too small decrease the humidity.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
     

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