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Humidity Levels???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by WVstruttin, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. WVstruttin

    WVstruttin Songster

    Feb 9, 2012
    HI all. I know that everyone has their own preferances but what do you think the ideal humidity level should be for incubating and the last three days of lockdown?

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    We have different opinions and preferences because different things work for different ones of us. That's not surprising. We have different types of incubators in different conditions. I don't think there is one ideal set of humidities for all of us. Sorry, but there is some trial and error involved in finding what is right for you.

    If you bought an incubator, I suggest you read the instructions and do what they say. If you built one or don't have instructions, pick something and try it. Be consistent whatever you do and analyze the results so you know what adjustments to make, if any.

    I have a forced air Hovabator 1588. The instructions said to fill a certain reservoir during incubation and fill others during lockdown. I do this and am happy with my results. During incubation, this gives me somewhere between 42% and 50% humidity. Starting lockdown, I get 65% to 70% humidity until the eggs start to hatch., Then it goes higher, maybe to 85%.
  3. Thespoiledchicken

    Thespoiledchicken Songster

    Sep 12, 2011
    Long Island
    Ideal for me would be 35% for incubation and 65% for lockdown. I only lockdown for 2 days and have great hatches [​IMG]

    Good luck hatching!


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