humidity after hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dreamer5577, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so. This is my first time using a real incubator. I had my first baby hatch about an hour ago. It is of course reaking havoc and rolling all the other eggs around. I was looking at my hydrometer.... it reads 90% and the windows on the bator have gotten dewy. before it was about 70% humidity but after this little guy it raised. What is your advice to me? I don't want the other buggers to drown!
     
  2. ChickenPrnces

    ChickenPrnces Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That has happened to me a few times! Lift the cover for a second or 2 and wave away some moisture! Always works when I do it! If your bator has a window then lift it out for a couple seconds! Temp should stay the same and just a little humidity will leave! It is gonna happen every time one hatches though!
     
  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your unhatched chicks will not drown due to 90% humidity at this point. If your humidity has been correct throughout the incubation and your eggs have already lost the correct amount of moisture, they'll be fine.

    Chicks drown inside their shells when your humidity has been consistently too high throughout the incubation. They don't lose enough moisture, and when they break through into the air cell to start breathing air, they drown in the excess fluid still inside the egg. Because they're alive up to that point, and then they die during lockdown, people mistakenly assume that it was the high lockdown humidity that caused them to drown, but that's incorrect thinking.

    I incubate at 40-45% humidity, and hatch at 75-80%+. Once they start popping out, the humidity often shoots up past 90% and stays there for ages. I just leave it be, and they're always fine...
     

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