Humidity levels - Brinsea Ovation 28 EX

MartyB

Hatching
Aug 10, 2020
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Has anyone had experience with the Brinsea Ovation 28 EX Fully Automatic? - i have just bought one.
I would like some advice on humidity levels Days 1-18 and then for hatching for chickens.
The recommendation from Brinsea is 50-55% Days 1-18 and then 70-75% for hatching.
I would be glad of tips for best results from anyone that has used this incubator.
Many thanks
Marty
 

ABBandit

Chirping
Aug 10, 2020
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50
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Wadsworth, Illinois
Hi!
I have not used this incubator personally, but have tons of experience with hatching chicks artificially; I use a GQF 1502 Sportsman & 1550 (which I highly recommend if it’s in your budget).
I’ve hatched maybe close to nearly 1,000+ chicks ranging from: chickens, quails, ducks, peafowl, and pheasants. Humidity is a relatively “touchy“ subject when it comes to hatching. Some people say that a certain humidity is worse or better because of their own personal experiences. I’ve used humidity ranges from 45-50%, 50-55%, and 55-60%; for hatching I’ve used 55-60%, 60-65%, and 65-70%. To be frank, I have had 85-95% hatch rate with all these humidity ranges. I feel the best humidity for setting days 1-18 (chickens) is 50-55%, preferably 55% or as close to 55% as possible. For “lockdown” 70%. With these two humidity percentages (55&70%). I had the 95% hatch rate out of 110+ eggs. I hope this helps 😊
 

MartyB

Hatching
Aug 10, 2020
2
0
6
Hi!
I have not used this incubator personally, but have tons of experience with hatching chicks artificially; I use a GQF 1502 Sportsman & 1550 (which I highly recommend if it’s in your budget).
I’ve hatched maybe close to nearly 1,000+ chicks ranging from: chickens, quails, ducks, peafowl, and pheasants. Humidity is a relatively “touchy“ subject when it comes to hatching. Some people say that a certain humidity is worse or better because of their own personal experiences. I’ve used humidity ranges from 45-50%, 50-55%, and 55-60%; for hatching I’ve used 55-60%, 60-65%, and 65-70%. To be frank, I have had 85-95% hatch rate with all these humidity ranges. I feel the best humidity for setting days 1-18 (chickens) is 50-55%, preferably 55% or as close to 55% as possible. For “lockdown” 70%. With these two humidity percentages (55&70%). I had the 95% hatch rate out of 110+ eggs. I hope this helps 😊
Thanks very much thats very helpful, so far it has been very consistent at whatever humidity i have set it at it never ventures more than 2% above or below. I will keep it close to 55% and around 70% for hatching and hope for a good hatch rate.
Many thanks
Marty
 

ABBandit

Chirping
Aug 10, 2020
50
50
53
Wadsworth, Illinois
Thanks very much thats very helpful, so far it has been very consistent at whatever humidity i have set it at it never ventures more than 2% above or below. I will keep it close to 55% and around 70% for hatching and hope for a good hatch rate.
Many thanks
Marty
Of course! Glad I could help, I hope you have a great hatch.
P.S. I had a temperature of 99.5°F for all hatches. I don't know how I forgot the temperature, lol.
 

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