Humidity at 60%

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gdublanc, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. gdublanc

    gdublanc Out Of The Brooder

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    Would 60% humidity be okay for day 1-18 of incubation, then above 70-80% for the last 3 days? I am still learning and the R-com Suro says 45% for the first 18 days then 65% for the remaining. From what i have read about incubation is, it needs to be about 55-60% for the first 18 days then 70-80% for the last 3. Can anyone help?
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I keep mine between 50-58% for the first 18 days then bump it to 65% for last 3 days. I the humidity will jump up as the chicks hatch.
    I think 70-80% is too high. But I could be wrong. Nothing I've read tells to put it that high. good luck with your hatch. Welcome to the site.
     
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  3. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Use the Rcom figures, those other figures are *way* to high for chicken eggs.

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  4. gdublanc

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    It says 45% and my first hatch I only got 8 chicks. That was why i was asking, I had it 45 % 1-18 days then 65% the last three. I thought maybe I need to increase the humidity to 55-60. I lost 12 chicks:/
     
  5. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    PERSONALLY, I would "bump-up" the humidity some ...say 50% during incubation and 75% during hatch, BUT I would certainly BE SURE that I had GOOD VENTILATION.

    (NOT well-experienced.....but have read MUCH regarding this issue.)

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
     
  6. MAllen

    MAllen Get In The Game

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    In my Dickey incubator I run 53~58% 1-18, then 75~80% until hatch. Works great!
     
  7. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    60% is high for incubating. The air sac will most likely not get big enough because the eggs won't lose enough moisture. Most keep their incubators closer to 40-50% with some going all the way down to 30%. Humidity is variable though. At different times of the year or in a dry versus humid climate you will get better results at different humidity levels. Sometimes I hatch at 60% fine with 70% drowning the hatching chicks and other times I've had them get stuck at 60% and hatch fine at 70-75%.
     
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  8. gdublanc

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    I live in Nevada, very, very dry here. Maybe this time i will bump it up to 50-55 and see what happens. I had it 45% and 65% at the end, with poor results. [​IMG]
     

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