humidity control in sportsman or dickey incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LocoPollo, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am working on my humidity in my new dickey incubator. i have the humidity setup, with a water pan in the incubator and a tub on top. how do you adjust the humidity with this? even if I add more water I would think the surface area would be the same and thus the humidity would be the same. My humidity is at 40 percent at the moment. that is fine for incubating but low for hatching. what ways can I increase/control humidity with this type of setup? thanks!
     
  2. Fireboy238

    Fireboy238 New Egg

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    I add another pan in the front and/or bottom with sponges or pads for more surface area. You just have to play with it to get what works for your set-up.
     
  3. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
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    I have a Dickey. I use the humidity pan, but I cover part of it with aluminum foil, leaving only some of the water exposed. I keep my humidity at 60%, and up it to 65% at day 18, and this has been working for me.

    Paula:)
     
  4. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
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    Quote:I just realized you don't need to lower your humidity. Mine was too high, so that 's why I did the foil. Yes, I would definitely add another pan to increase the surface area. There is enough room on the shelf for another pan or bowl.Paula
     
  5. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Covering the pan partly would lessen humidity, right? right now my one pan is totally open and my humidity is 40. Do you have a second pan?
     
  6. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
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    Quote:Covering the pan partly would lessen humidity, right? right now my one pan is totally open and my humidity is 40. Do you have a second pan?

    Sorry, see my above post.

    Paula
     
  7. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok cool. thanks! I am gonna add another pan then. thanks guys!
     
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Also add another pan, or you can close the vents some.
     
  9. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
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    Are your vents open at all? I have my back vents closed, and side plug is open.

    Paula
     
  10. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea actually the back two vents are open 1/3 each per the instructions, and the hole in the side is closed by the water tube from the bucket on top. I can close the vents, but then there would be no ventilation at all i dont think. is that ok?
     

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