Humidity question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KalikoFarms, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. KalikoFarms

    KalikoFarms Songster

    Jun 14, 2011
    What should the humidity be during lockdown for silkies and crested? I know I read it somewhere but I cant find it. Is it true that if the humidity can drown the chicks?
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  2. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Drowning occurs because the humidty was too high during the first 18 days. THe air cell needs to increase significantly to prevent this from happening. Sorry I don't know the numbers for those breeds. 99-100 for forced air chickens in general. GL
  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Um, 99-100 is for temperature. Lockdown humidity in general should be above 60%, but some people like to go a lot higher. I run my lockdowns at 75%+ and have never had a drowning. Like Arielle says, drowning happens during lockdown because your humidity days 1-18 has been too high, so if that has been the case, it's too late to do anything about it now! I don't know if silkies and crested require different conditions, I've never hatched them. So perhaps haven't been as helpful as you'd like. Sorry!

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