Humidity has dropped to 55% during lockdown

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by InsaneBreeder, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. InsaneBreeder

    InsaneBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On day 18 I raised the humidity to 65%, and it has maintained that until today. It is now day 20, and about 1/4 of the chicks have started pipping, but the humidity has dropped to 55% during the past few hours and none of the chicks are making progress, and I am worried that they are sticking. I have considered quickly opening the incubator to add more water, but I am very hesitant to do that. What should I do?
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't open the 'bator. If you have a styrofoam incubator like a hovabator, you might be able to do what i do and add water through the vent holes. Every area is different, but hopefully a comfort, i hatch at 55% on purpose and have excellent hatches, so hopefully this won't be a problem for you.
     
  3. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Try not to open it. 55% is about what I use for hatching--otherwise, it's about 40%. I've had to go to 26% during hatching and everything did okay after I added water. I did open the lid (I had to) but added warm water and shut it quickly.
     
  4. InsaneBreeder

    InsaneBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your advice. I was able to locate a syringe and a straw, so I added water through the egg-turner-cord hole. So the humidity came up to 73%, and three have hatched [​IMG]
     

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