Humidity keeps dropping!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by scrapmom5, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been unsuccesful keeping the humidity at 60%. I can get it to 50% and then overnight it will drop to 30%. There is always water in the well at the bottom of the LG. To get the humidity up I just poor water on the bottom and then mop up what comes out of the holes.

    Will my birds be OK?

    Am I doing anything wrong?
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Are your eggs due to hatch soon? 60% is awfully high, unless they are hatching in the next few days.

    Do you have the vent plugs open on the bator? You can try putting a wet paper towel in it, that will keep it up. Stick one end of the towel in the water, so it will work like a wick.

    If you are between days 1-18 for chickens. your humidity should be no higher than 50%. A lot of people use the dry incubation method, with humidity more around 30% days 1-18, then up for days 18-21
     
  3. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so glad that you said that. The things I have read said to keep it at 60% I can easily keep it at 30. We are on day 4. Should I drop the humidity or leave it alone? I am really new to this and would love to have success. My temp is exactly at 99. That was the easy party. What should I do at day 18. Does it need to go up?
     
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    It does need to go up to around 60% on day 18... but also humidity will rise some when they begin to hatch because of the added moisture from the eggs. Temp stays the same

    Also, just a note.... water surface area is what determines humidity. Maybe pouring it on the bottom it is evaporating too quickly to stick around... try a clean sponge, pad or clean rag or sock..... will increase surface area but hopefully keep it more regulated for you.
     
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  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Is it a still air bator ????


    Day 1-18 hum should be 30%-40% so 35% would be good !!!!!

    On day 18 you want to up the hum to 65%. You can add some wet sponges or paper towels if needed !!!!!

    Read this and see if it helps at all https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-DryIncubation.html
     
  6. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have I already harmed my little eggs if the humidity was up at 50%? I have already brought it back down a bit. At least the temp is easy to regulate I wish I could say that about the humidity.

    It is a still air bator.
     
  7. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That link did help and hurt. All I have read said to keep the temp at 99.5 which we did. This link said to keep the still air bator at 101. Should I increase it or leave it alone?

    Ahhh...will my chicks survive me???
     
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  8. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    They should be fine !!!!! Just keep the hum down till day 18, if you could get the temp up a little that would be ok, but only up it if your sure you can do it without cooking them.... Also.... Are you turning the eggs by hand ??
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Keeping the temps at 101 in my still air bator would make the eggs hatch at least 2 days early. Just keep the temp where it is since you have it steady already. They might hatch a bit late, but that's ok.

    I don't think the high humidity for a few days will hurt them.
     
  10. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We don't turn the eggs by hand/ they are in a egg turner.

    As for the temp I have found that if you are really careful you can feel a click when you adjust the temp. Each click raises it by a degree or two. My dh husband noticed it when we were setting it up. At first I couldn't feel it but now I can. Apparently his rough calloused worn hands are very sensitive to slight vibrations. LOL. So far I have really liked by LG. Let's hope it proves to be a good bator (with a good bator keeper).
     

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