humidity dropped and not coming back up help !

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MSH, May 22, 2011.

  1. MSH

    MSH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    day 20 humidity dropped to 35 I added water and 2 big sponges 15 mins ago but it hasn't come up are my chickies going to die ? I'm freaking out ! please any advice would be great !
     
  2. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a spray bottle with hot water in it and just go crazy and spray it in the incubator. Monitor your temp after because if the water is cold or colder than your incubator temp, it will greatly decrease the temperature. This will definitely raise your humidity fast.
     
  3. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the incubator in a corner with no circulation? When i was incubating with one in the corner for the first time and i put a hydrometer inside i saw the humidity was at 40 to 45%
     
  4. Ceilismom

    Ceilismom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're in Georgia, and you added 2 sponges (damp, I assume) 15 minutes ago, with no change in the humidity reading? I think I would be suspicious that the hygrometer had decided to suddenly malfunction.
     
  5. MSH

    MSH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I will heat the water to the same temp but just to make sure I'm thinking right don't spray the eggs right ?


    Ceilsmom I just got the hygrometer yesterday I hope it's not wrong ! but that's my luck

    I'll let ya'll know how it goes I'm adding more water and sponges and gonna spray everything except the eggs lol

    I'm a nervouse wreck now ! I promised my kids they could use the chicks as show and tell ! [​IMG]
     
  6. Elite Silkies

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    You might want to check your hygrometer first. If it's not reading accurately you can drown the chicks. Look at the clear plexiglass windows first. Do you see any water droplets on them??
     
  7. MSH

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    Quote:no it's clear as always no droplets no nothing I'm freakin out a little lol I put my outside inside thermometer in there cause it reads humidity and it's giving me the same reading which since i added 2 more sponges is 40 will they survive at 40 humidity ?
     
  8. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No they wont i think cause with humidity that low its Dry and they can stick to the membrane from the egg drying inside out

    Are you wetting the sponges with lukewarm water or HOT water?
     
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  9. Elite Silkies

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    Quote:no it's clear as always no droplets no nothing I'm freakin out a little lol I put my outside inside thermometer in there cause it reads humidity and it's giving me the same reading which since i added 2 more sponges is 40 will they survive at 40 humidity ?

    This will sound crazy, but you do have any maxi pads? They hold a lot of water and do not dry out as fast as a sponge does. I have chicks hatch with lower humidity than than. Yep, busy with college and plum forgot to transfer to the hatcher and they were hatching in the incubator. If it's that low, whatever you do, do not open the lid. I use a long needle with a syringe and go through the top, and I also use the vent plug holes to add more water.

    Next time, put the maxi pads in there and make sure they are under vent plug hole. Much easier to add more water that way.
     
  10. GrannysRoost

    GrannysRoost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:no it's clear as always no droplets no nothing I'm freakin out a little lol I put my outside inside thermometer in there cause it reads humidity and it's giving me the same reading which since i added 2 more sponges is 40 will they survive at 40 humidity ?

    This will sound crazy, but you do have any maxi pads? They hold a lot of water and do not dry out as fast as a sponge does. I have chicks hatch with lower humidity than than. Yep, busy with college and plum forgot to transfer to the hatcher and they were hatching in the incubator. If it's that low, whatever you do, do not open the lid. I use a long needle with a syringe and go through the top, and I also use the vent plug holes to add more water.

    Next time, put the maxi pads in there and make sure they are under vent plug hole. Much easier to add more water that way.

    Never thought of that...I went into lockdown this morning and humidity was at 65, my hygrometer is about 5 degrees off, so with no tubing to get through the vent hole, I took apart a bic pen to get a "straw" to direct the water...no way was I opening this thing...then used a "marinade injector" to drip down through it directed to the water trays in my bator...mind you I live in AZ and it is hot with no outside humidity and my single tray would dry out in 2 days...before lockdown I filled both with issues, but the pad idea is great and think I may have to open to install one.....
     
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