Humidity/Ventilation Ratio Help please.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GeoKan, May 21, 2011.

  1. GeoKan

    GeoKan Cackleberry Curator

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    Hey all. I'm hoping I can get some opinions from those of you with humidity/ventilation ratio experience and knowledge during lockdown.

    I've made another homemade incubator for this specific purpose. Can anyone tell me if I have enough vents open to satisfy viability during this time? My inside dimensions are about 19 inches wide by 25 inches long by 6 inches deep. The vent holes are about 5/8 inches in diameter. (Cork sized) My temperature is stable — 99.5 to 100.5 and humidity is around 61 to 64 percent at this time. I think I need to bump it up a few more percentages.

    LOCKDOWN IS IN 4 DAYS — This is my first time.

    Here's a few pics to query your opinions. [​IMG]

    This is a corner view showing the two rows of vents I positioned. The heat chamber is in back with the lower vents while the egg chamber is in front with vents towards the top.
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    This is a view from the front. Notice the two vents on the left that are open.
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    Here's a view looking at the back right row of vents. The first one is open.
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    This view is looking through the 1/4-inch glass toward the front vents. I have thermal-mass jars lined across there to nullify the cold spots.
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    Here's another view from the top looking down through the glass toward the heat chamber.
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    I'm geting a bit apprehensive and nervous whether or not if this thing is going to work. [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance for your help! [​IMG]
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Looks good to me. One open bottom vent an one open top vent should be plenty up to about 40 eggs at least .
     
  3. GeoKan

    GeoKan Cackleberry Curator

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    Quote:Thanks Reb! I was hoping you would reply since you hatch chicks weekly. I'll have about 30 eggs going in I hope. [​IMG]

    I've been keeping an eye on your web cams as well. Thanks for the feedback. I feel a bit better now. [​IMG]
     
  4. Kermit's shadow

    Kermit's shadow Out Of The Brooder

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    1000 broiler eggs require a maximum (at hatch) of 120 cubic feet of fresh air every hour - calculate what you need from that. Measurement through a single vent isn't too difficult using a very thin gauge plastic bag, screwed-up tight to begin with - there is often enough pressure to inflate it. Alternatively you can judge speed using smoke from a tiny twist of smouldering tissue.

    Eggs hatch fine at incubation conditions though, or they have here for the past 30 years. And I never worry about opening the 'bator when a hatch is happening - just did it less than 5 minutes ago.
     

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