Humidity Issue - Please help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ducati, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Ducati

    Ducati In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    So yesterday began our last 3 days at 65%-70% humidity. However during the night the humidity at some point dropped to 46%, for who knows how long. My guess is it was that low for 3-5 hours. I didnt realize the spoonges would dry out so fast.

    Is there anything I can do? Humidity is back up now, but I am concerned what impact that may have had on my eggs.


  2. peaceful

    peaceful Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    BC Canada
    I think that a short dip in humidity should be ok. Remember that the mother hen just creates slightly higher humidity by staying on the eggs, but there are variables there.
    Have you read "Dry Incubation" in the How to Pages in the Learning Center? Helpful.
    Try not to open the incubator, that causes problematic variation in the climate. Hopefully you were able to add the water to the sponges through the vents.
    Wish you well!
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If they have not piped the shell then your fine. If they have then yes it may have some effect on hatch rates but any estimates would just be guesses. All you can do is keep it up from here on out an dont open the incubator.
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    That dip should not hurt..

    leaving the hum% at 45% is better than opening the bator to raise it.

    If you have to open the bator to add water, do not do it.. post here and I will tell you another way..
    very simple.......
  5. Ducati

    Ducati In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    Thanks everyone. I feel much better now. They have not started pipping yet. I did have one egg rocking back and forth at times yesterday, but now its not moving at all. So I was afraid the lower humidity might have killed it. Tomorrow is the big day.....


  6. Hecate

    Hecate In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2009
    Good luck, Ducati! Post pics when they start hatching... What do you have in there?

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