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humidity levels low

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by davekrista, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since I took out my porous egg yesterday, I have been having trouble with getting my humidity level up. I keep adding water but i can't get it above 50%. Any ideas? Seems like the more water i add the lower it gets...... I have even misted the eggs and still can't get it higher. I have lockdown on the 25th of oct. so we're getting close and I know i will have to get the humidity even higher....
     
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    What temperature is the water you are adding? It's best to add 100 degree water or slightly higher.
     
  3. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am adding water at room temp..... Next time i add some i will heat it up then and see if that helps
     
  4. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    That is your problem. Never use room temp water takes time to warm up and produce humidity. Go straight to the tap and use warm water. You are not in lock down yet, so you can take some out and start over with the right temp.
     
  5. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That did the trick, thank you so much.
     
  6. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, keep in mind that humidity is largely controlled by water surface area. If it is too low, you need to try to find a way to expand the surface area of the water by adding containers or even sponges. Misting the eggs does the opposite of what it would seem like, it actually makes the eggs dehydrate more not less. If you are trying to add humidity, I am guessing it is because your eggs have dehydrated too much? If so, misting them will be counterproductive. If you are raising the humidity for lockdown, 9 days in advance is too early. Always go by your air cell sizes in adjusting the humidity.
     
  7. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I was trying to get the humidity level back to normal (55%) - for some reason it had dropped when I tossed out the porous egg so i was trying to get it back to normal. I was afraid if i wasn't able to get it back under control and normal, then it would be that much harder to get it up to the lockdown humidity. But using the hot water brought it to normal.
     

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