Humidity for chicken eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bock, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had my 14 chicken eggs in the bator for 3 days, with my two 8 day old chicken eggs. When I get home from work, and during the night humidity drops to 30%! [​IMG] I was trying to keep it in the 50% range, but I can't adjust it all the time. [​IMG] Will the flectuations effect my hatch?

    P.s I have been using the dry method, squirting the wire on the bottom with water when needed. [​IMG]
     
  2. MSHEN

    MSHEN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kinf of incubator do you have?
     
  3. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Little Giant with a circulated air fan, and no turner. [​IMG]
     
  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    30% wont hurt them , I shoot for 40-45% the first 18 days and 60% or more on the last 3 days . Good luck
    Oh and I am useing a LG still air for incubation and a home made styro cooler bator for hatching.
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are your hatch rates with 40%-45% humidity? [​IMG]
     
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    I only have one hatch under my belt and it was 100% but it was only one egg [​IMG]
    I have 14/14 eggs on day 19 <Local>and 11/24 eggs on day 14< these were shipped to OR from NH when it was very cold. and 5/12<lots of clears i think there mostly unfertle> or so eggs on day 9 or so and 5/6 eggs on day 5 <shipped>[​IMG] edited sorry I cant tell with one egg.
     
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  7. Pagemaker

    Pagemaker Out Of The Brooder

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    Incubators are not meant to be operated "dry"
    Fill the tray in the bottom of the incubator. Also what are you using to measure the humidity?
     
  8. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    I dont operate mine dry it always has water in it, I use the main water resevoir and keep it around 1/3rd of the way full give or take . It will matter where you live and what the huimidty in youre house as to how much water makes 45% or what not some may only need half of what I use some may need twice as much to hit 45% but go with the experts Im new to this.
     
  9. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started with water in the trays, but the humidity was 70%!!! [​IMG]

    P.s the outside air is currently 52%. [​IMG]
     
  10. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I run my LG still air dry, and I have had 85+90% hatch rates with shipped eggs, and 95-100% with my own. BUT...I live in Florida, and the humidity stays in the 30's in my incubator.
     

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