Humidity question

lobbstertael

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Honestly, at hatching time it should be fine to have high humidity. I keep a wet rag in my incubator as soon as the first egg pips. If it is not humid, the chicks can get dried out and stuck in the shell. One of my incubator manuals actually said the window should be fogged up during the hatch, and that when you open the incubator to remove chicks it lets out needed moisture. So you may want to do some checking before you try to 'dry up' that humidity.
 

BirdsBeesTrees

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Honestly, at hatching time it should be fine to have high humidity. I keep a wet rag in my incubator as soon as the first egg pips. If it is not humid, the chicks can get dried out and stuck in the shell. One of my incubator manuals actually said the window should be fogged up during the hatch, and that when you open the incubator to remove chicks it lets out needed moisture. So you may want to do some checking before you try to 'dry up' that humidity.
I didn't see anyone advising to dry up the humidity, only to keep the humidity from getting too high.
Fogging up the incubator is a sure way to kill chicks in eggs.
I've incubated a couple thousand eggs in 5 different types of incubators.
We are only trying to help them have the best hatch rate.
 

lobbstertael

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I didn't see anyone advising to dry up the humidity, only to keep the humidity from getting too high.
Fogging up the incubator is a sure way to kill chicks in eggs.
I've incubated a couple thousand eggs in 5 different types of incubators.
We are only trying to help them have the best hatch rate.
Post in thread 'Lockdown! How high is too high on the humidity???' https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...-too-high-on-the-humidity.468984/post-5941707

Here's some others who agree with me. I also want the best hatch for everyone! Just offering some alternative opinions for hatching.
 

Nekremer

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Hey there,
Exciting news! I heard some chirping early this am. At 4 pm my first Americana hatched. But I have a question.. all of my Americana eggs have pipped. However my bantam eggs that were moving this am are no longer moving. And everything I have read says that bantam eggs hatch quicker. I plan on leaving them alone, but just wanted to know others thoughts.
 

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