Humidity dropped to 46% during lockdown...question...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ZooMummzy, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Is it possible that the chicks have shrink wrapped? I hear chirping and see movement in one egg, nothing in the other - it is day 20. I am using an LG, still air. When I went to bed a couple nights ago - Day 18, it was at 70%, everything looked fine. The next morning it had dropped to 46% and everything was dried out! Not going to start my rant about LGs (this is the last hatch in this thing)....I just want to know if this drop could possibly cause shrink wrapping in chicks that have not externally or probably internally pipped (at that time). I have read conflicting things about shrink wrapping. Some said it could happen only if you had an external pip, others said it could happen at any time. Also, does shrink wrapping mean the outer membrane or the inner or both? Oh, I was able to get the humidity back up slowly that morning and maintain it.
     
  2. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've read here, it's far less of a problem when the eggs haven't yet pipped.
    But I'm not sure how much of a problem that actually is! Hope you get some good advice...
     
  3. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Me too, thanks! I have only been hatching for a couple months now, so much to learn!
     
  4. Jessiewoodard57

    Jessiewoodard57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    46% is not really that bad. Since you have no fan the chicks should be fine. I have found the fan blowing on the eggs in low humidity is (in my opinon) usually what causes the shrink wrapping in pipped eggs.
     
  5. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:Well that is good news! I am just going to sit and wait. I hear chirping in both eggs now.... [​IMG]
     
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Well that is good news! I am just going to sit and wait. I hear chirping in both eggs now.... [​IMG]

    Now sweat, bring it up to 60-65 and your good to go.

    Wish you a great hatch

    Rancher
     
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Thank you! It's sitting between 65-70% right now which seems to be where all the chicks from previous hatches have had the most success. I'm gonna leave it alone and keep my fingers crossed I see a pip in the next or two.
     

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