humidity help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by OperationHatch, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. OperationHatch

    OperationHatch Out Of The Brooder

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    I am having a horrible time getting my humidity right. I have two containers full of wet paper towel and my humidity is reading at 24%. Any ideas? This is a LIttle Giant incubator. I had to take out the fan to make it easier for me to refill the water containers without opening the incubator. I need to get the eggs to lockdown conditions no later than tomorrow monring. i was hoping to get it there tonight.
     
  2. OperationHatch

    OperationHatch Out Of The Brooder

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    i jumped up to a 9 in circular cake pan. It may be overkill, but I just want to see the humidity rise!
     
  3. eggcrate

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    I too am using an LG and thought all was well, I now suspect my thermometer & humidity was off all along. My hatch day is tomorrow. At lockdown I put additional thermometers & another for humidity. The temperatures read within 4 degrees of each other, but the humidity gauges are off by 15-20%. I do believe the new one is working as if the humidity rises up too far I can see condensation & can reduce it by taking out one or both plugs fairly quickly. I put additional plastic cups with sponges under the wire in the area under one of the air vents that I can reach with a straw to add water. I am hoping all is well here & wish you the best of luck with your hatch.
     
  4. eggcrate

    eggcrate Out Of The Brooder

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    I too am using an LG and thought all was well, I now suspect my thermometer & humidity was off all along. My hatch day is tomorrow. At lockdown I put additional thermometers & another for humidity. The temperatures read within 4 degrees of each other, but the humidity gauges are off by 15-20%. I do believe the new one is working as if the humidity rises up too far I can see condensation & can reduce it by taking out one or both plugs fairly quickly. I put additional plastic cups with sponges under the wire in the area under one of the air vents that I can reach with a straw to add water. I am hoping all is well here & wish you the best of luck with your hatch.
     
  5. OperationHatch

    OperationHatch Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally got my humidity up... all it took was 4 cups of water, 4 sponges and a wet washcloth.. oy vey!!!
     
  6. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few LG's I have some that I blocked the bottom holes which makes getting the humidity up easier. Before I blocked the holes I would take some thick papper towels fold them up two-four layers thick. Lay one end in the water well and the other sticking into the outside ring. I can usually keep up the humidity. I just have to keep the wells filled.
     
  7. OperationHatch

    OperationHatch Out Of The Brooder

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    it's at 80% now is that still ok or do i need to get a straw out and suck some of the water out lol
     
  8. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is easier to lift the corner of one of the top windows. It will let a little humidity out and your temp shouldn't drop too much.
     
  9. OperationHatch

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    wait, I can open the windows?
     
  10. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah they lift right up. IF I remove a chick before all my eggs are hatched, I open a window grab them out quick and close it. Lets out a lot less heat and humidity that way. But I would just lift up the corner. Small crack.
     

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