Humidity and time

cjmama

In the Brooder
I am new at incubating eggs. I recently bought a Hovabator 160N Incubator.
I am aware that humidity should be kept between 40 to 50% up until the eggs are 3 days out of hatching then the humidity needs to be raised a lot higher. My question is what about the people who, like my self, add eggs every few days after they are laid by the hens. I will have eggs that are close to be hatched at the same time as eggs that are only half way or a few days into the incubation process.
How does one handle the humidity then?
Thanks in advance for all of your help.
 

junebuggena

Crowing
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For staggered hatches (eggs with multiple hatch dates), most people use a second incubator for hatching. If you raise the humidity for the eggs that are ready to hatch, you risk drowning the eggs that are still several weeks/days from being ready to hatch.
If you don't have another incubator to use for hatching, then it's best not to attempt staggered hatches.
 

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