Humidity in Hovabator HIGH OR LOW and at what %

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 2txmedics, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    This question is for my Ma...she has a Hovabator, and had wanted to try the dry incubation way....she said when she use to hatch in her LG...she would put water in mayo lids and just turn it on, and they would hatch. So she is wanting to know....

    she set her eggs 3 days ago and been carrying 45% humidity in her hovabator. Can she add water now and bump it up to 86% like the instructions she got with her bator says? If she does this will it harm her eggs and if so how? everyone says throw out the instructions and dont follow them

    Last edited: Sep 14, 2009

  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    86%..... Better be ducks! That is way to high even for hatch time.
  3. nhnanna

    nhnanna Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    That humidity if fine for now until day 18 and then bump it up to 65-70 but no higher, the chicks will drown with too much humidity. I do the dry incubation for the first 18 days in my Lg and then add water when they go into lockdown.
  4. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    so even though this is a hovabator...and its in LG that I and you have done incubation in, it doesnt make a difference? humidity is humidity?
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Humidity is humidity...doesn't matter what kind of incubator you're using. I've never seen that high of humidity recommended for a hovabator....and I've got 4 of them!
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2009
  6. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    and thats what I thought, thats how I worked mine, I think my bad hatch was due to temp drops, dont know why I got them...its a new LG...and yes I ran it for almost a week before I used it....followed everything and maintained temps and humidity all the way until day dropped to 96.1 twice for hours ....

    I was told:

    35-40% 1-18 days

    day 18:
    take turner out, set eggs, raise humidity to

    and for NOTHING ...DO NOT open the bator at all... and this is what I told Ma, but now she feels that maybe its wrong and it should be bumped up to 86%...

    she asked from others, not from me...what happens to the eggs if I do this, will it hurt them....[​IMG] ask the "pros" come on "PROS"....[​IMG]
  7. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    I have a hovabator, and it doesn't say anywhere to raise it to 86%. I've always ran it at 45-50% for the first 18 days and then up it to 65-70% and had good hatches. I've never did the dry incubation. Ask her to read the instructions again...maybe she misread somewhere.

  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I run my hovas at 30-35% for the first 18 days then bump it up to about 65%. Tell her at 86% she's going to drown them all.
  9. paulray2

    paulray2 In the Brooder

    Sep 17, 2008
    She Might Mean Wet Bulb Temperature Of 86 Degrees.
    86 Degrees On A Wet Bulb Thermometer Is Equal To About A 57% Humidity.
  10. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    so if she means wet bulb and i t says 57% does that mean she needs to bump up her humidity?

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