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Humidity Prior to Hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Stewarts, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Stewarts

    Stewarts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone tell me what the humidity has to be maintained at for the three days just prior to hatching? Mine are do to start hatching next Friday, March 22nd.

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  2. sumi

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    60-65% would be good. If you are doing a "dry incubation" you can up it to 65-70%.
     
  3. Stewarts

    Stewarts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a hova-bator with a humidity/temperature monitor. The humidity I keep constant at between 50 - 55% and temperature at 99%. So, starting the 20th I need to have humidity at between 60 - 65 %. Thank you for your answer, its much appreciated. Does the temperature have to be at 100 or will 99 due?
     
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    In a still air incubator the temp should be 99*F and in a forced air (with a fan) 101*F
     
  5. Stewarts

    Stewarts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for the very helpful advice. When your just starting, its a lot to learn and take in.
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Incubating and hatching eggs is an interesting hobby and the more you look into it the more you will learn. I've read a lot on the topic and I've been incubating and hatching eggs for years and I still learn new things now and then! A friend of mine here put together a fantastic article on incubation that I think you will enjoy:

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

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