Humidity HELP

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by taylamiller1, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. taylamiller1

    taylamiller1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys so I just made my homemade incubator and it's my first time but I just can't seem to get the humidity right. When the bulb is of it's at 72% but then when I turn the bulb on and it starts heating up the humidity goes plumiting down to around 40% or lower and I have 2 bowls and 2 cups both filled of water but still no difference please help
     
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  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't know how big your incubator is- I dry hatch and so do a lot of other people. don't freak out about water- 2 cups sounds like alot. I had a bigger styrafoam incubator I made- I freaked out about the water situation. had 2 cottage cheese cups of water in there and only one hatched. that was one I candled the most because it was a white egg, you see I dryed it out and it hatched.

    my next hatch, I decided to try a copy paper box instead of the styrafoam and used 1/2 the water and I got 7/12 which was better- but I wanted a smaller box I only wanted to hatch 6,and smaller W for my lamp. The more eggs you have to turn the dryer your eggs get I learned, but if you have a few they keep each other moist until the inner pip, day 19 I like not 18 and the put in damp paper towel. MY next bunches of hatches I was getting 6/6 and usually I didn't need more chicks than that.
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    so read up on dry hatching and remember to take our plugs and air out the styrofoam incubator.
     
  3. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I have been hatching for about 18 yrs and I do dry hatch chickens and
    only put in wet sponge's for water foul ..... It sounds to me like the
    bulb is drying out the air that is just fine .......

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  4. taylamiller1

    taylamiller1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks a lot guys it really helped me out I was just so worried about the humidity. So I shouldn't be worried about the humidity only the last 3 days when they are finding there way out.
     

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