Humidity or dry method: Which do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by blzzrdqueen, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. blzzrdqueen

    blzzrdqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I am doing a lot of research and right now am looking at whether to use the water pans or go the dry incubation method. Since this will be my first hatch, I have nothing to go by. So I'm doing a little poll: Water pans or dry incubation, and why?

    I will be setting eggs either Monday night or Tuesday morning. The bator will be in my dining room where the temp is consistently 72 degrees. I am in upstate New York, and spring is right around the corner for he humidity levels outside are starting to rise a bit. I am not sure of the bator type yet as I am getting a loaner from the co-op on Monday morning. It'll hold 3 dozen eggs, but I am only setting one dozen, various breeds of chicken eggs. I am leaning towards the dry method.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I have heard from experienced hatchers that they had much better hatches using the dry incubation method. I have not tried it myself yet, so I cannot give you my personal opinion, but here is an excellent article on the topic that you can look at:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-incubate-hatch-eggs-using-the-dry-incubation-method

    And while I'm at it, another incubation article that is very informative that I think you will find helpful:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    Good luck with your hatch!
     
  3. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i do everything dry until lockdown and then i crank the humidity up to 70%
     
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    eggcited2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does "lockdown" mean?
     
  5. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its when you stop turning the eggs and raise the humidity to 60-80% to get ready for the eggs to hatch. Lockdown starts on day 18.
     
  6. blzzrdqueen

    blzzrdqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you keep track of humidity during lock down?
     
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    grannychicken54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying the dry incubation this time so far it is looking better 12 out of 16 made it to lockdown this time and that was using shipped eggs I went by the article that was refered to hoping for a good hatch
     
  9. blzzrdqueen

    blzzrdqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find myself constantly referring back to this article, over and over again. I am using the air cell to keep track of how much humidity I need. With no water in my still-air bator, I have 30% humidity. I'm think that should be fine. Today is a rainy day though and that humidity level could change...
     
  10. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes. between 60-80%. i like 75%. seems perfect for my incubator.
     

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