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Humidity is 83% on lockdown. no pipped eggs. can I....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cupman, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. cupman

    cupman Songster

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    Can I pop the lid and drain a reservoir in my incubator? The eggs have been in lockdown for a little over 24 hours. Two eggs have hatched but from what I can tell none of the others have had any action besides wiggling back and forth. None of the eggs have been pipped. I have undone the only plug on my incubator and the humidity simply is not dropping. Is it too risky to try and quickly drain a reservoir or is there anything I can do?

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  2. buckabucka

    buckabucka Crowing

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    I'm sure someone else with more hatching experience will weigh in here, but I wouldn't worry about it. I found that the humidity shoots up after a chick hatches. I imagine it will drop over time.
    i ended out pulling a few of the hatched birds out and putting them in the brooder (even though everyone says don't open it), and that certainly drops the humidity too.
    i guess it depends in part on how much moisture they lost earlier in the incubation.
    good luck on the rest of the hatch!
     

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