humidity is 52% max looking for tricks/tips

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nellynelly, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i can not get the humidity above 52% (today is day 18). i have a 9 x 12 baking pan in the bottom of my homemade incubator which is filled with terracotta rubble (an attempt to increase surface area) and of course water. the pan covers about 35% of the floor.

    i just installed a rolled up rag on top of the pan, so water that is added has to filter down into the pan (saturating the rag) and the corner of teh rag is in the water pan. but still, i can not get it above 52%.

    looking for tips/tricks. thanks.
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I would try sponges with warm water to try and higher it. Good luck :frow
     
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  3. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep a cool mist vaporizer going in the room during hatch time. I also have a spray bottle of water that I use to keep wash cloths damp on the outside of the incubator near the vents.[​IMG]
     
  4. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i added a few more rags, and repositioned the one that is draped (so that the fan blows at it), and it helped a bit. i am up to 55 or so. when i add hot water, it spikes to 60-62% and than slowly drops over the next few hours.

    the fresh air vents are more of a product of poor construction, not so manned planned.....so it would be tough to keep a wet rag outside of them.

    i guess i just exchnaged egg turning, with hot water adding........
     

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