Humidity at lockdown should be.............?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hennypen, May 16, 2010.

  1. Hennypen

    Hennypen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What should the lockdown humidity level be? I have the Hovabator 1588 which seems to be pretty self running but I need to double check what I *think* is right.

    Thanks...

    (8 eggs out of 16 shipped made it to lockdown)
     
  2. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first hatch I kept it around 65% but I raised that up to about 70-75% for the next hatches. Keep in mind that I don't know how accurate my thermometer/hygrometer is but I know that my first hatch was too dry because a couple of chicks were shrink wrapped and I haven't had that problem since I raised the humidity up by 5-10%. After I'm done with hatching I am going to calibrate it to see how accurate it was. Good luck with your hatch [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

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    70 to 75% for me is ideal... [​IMG]
     
  4. Hennypen

    Hennypen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine seems to be hanging out around 72%.

    3 more days...[​IMG]
     
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I hatch at 60 - 65%. Higher than that and I get sticky chicks.
     
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I try to maintain between 65 and 70% for the last 3 days.
     
  7. Hennypen

    Hennypen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sticky with what?
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    65%... sticky with membrane/ chick juice [​IMG]... whatever you want to call it.
     
  9. Hennypen

    Hennypen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it because the chick doesn't dry as fast after it's hatched due to the higher humidity?

    Or because not enough liquid evaporated right before the hatch?

    My humidity is staying at 70% in the Hovabator 1588.
     

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