Humidity help please???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tigercreek, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. I just started up my homemade incubator and am doing a dry run. It's been going about 6 hours and the temp is holding great, but the humidity is at 71%. I live in Florida and and the daily humidity is bouncing between 65 to 85%. How can I get the bator humidity down to 50% when the atmospheric is so high?? I know that there are people in Fla that hatch eggs??? thanks all........stan

    Edit to say : I have not put any water in there, this is atmospheric.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2011

  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    What is it made of? I would drill a few holes in the side to let more air in. [​IMG]

    Edited to add. Did you calibrate your hygrometer to see if it reading correctly?
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2011
  3. chicknfishn

    chicknfishn Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    SW Washington State
    I also wonder if you even need to put any water in at all?
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Just run it dry with the vents open an they should hatch fine. A local will probably find this thread an be able to tell you more.
  5. I don't know about letting more air in?? The atmospheric air is 75%! It is made of 3/4 inch plywood, weatherstripping at all openings, and spring latches. Kind of thinking that it will dry out with it running at temp for some time longer?? I may need to post on the Fla. thread, but expect it would be moved to here by moderator......stan
  6. mcmch91

    mcmch91 In the Brooder

    Feb 14, 2009
    Clark County, IL
    Quote:I often hatch in my basement in Illinois. Humidity runs 65% or more and seemed to cause some issues. I now run a dehumidifier - for chicks and basement health. Several 100% hatches since the change. I'd say it worked. Any chance you can dehumidify your hatch room? Never lived in Florida, so don't know how hard it would be. Good luck.[​IMG]
  7. Maybe moving my hatch room inside to air conditioned air is the answer. Will have to check and see what the inside humidity is running. It should be lower with the air running a lot now. Thanks........stan

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