humidity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by patnjess, May 17, 2010.

  1. patnjess

    patnjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My house is more humid then my incubator. This is my first hatch using a hydrometer. I have done about 5 hatches or so without one and have about 95% hatch or better. But I noticed I can't get the humidity above 50% this is the first full day in there. Should I worry since I have always had such a high hatch rate? How can I raise the humidity if not?
     
  2. patnjess

    patnjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I would add I clean all my eggs before placing in the bator with really warm water and a tiny bit of bleach. I haven't seen anyone post about cleaning their eggs before
     
  3. Julie08

    Julie08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    most people dont clean, and I have never heard of putting bleach on the eggs. I certainly wouldnt do that since eggs are porous.. as for humidity if you were getting 95% hatches I wouldnt change a thing.
     
  4. biddybird

    biddybird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never heard of using bleach on the eggs. I use really clean eggs and spot clean with a warm paper towel if I find a dirty spot. Seems to keep my bator smelling better. If you have had good hatch rates before, I don't think I would worry about the humidity, unless you are hatching at a different time of year than before.[​IMG]
     
  5. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    DON'T clean and definitely don't bleach your eggs!!! 50% is fine until lockdown then you want 60-70%. [​IMG]
     
  6. patnjess

    patnjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always cleaned my eggs, I fill an extra large coffee cup with hot water, and 1/2tsp of bleach, let it sit 30 secs, then towel off and put in the bator. I always get great hatches. I read that in a book about hatching that you should always clean them like this, the warm water draws the bacterica out, and the little bit of bleach kills the germs.
    [​IMG] I don't know always had great hatches, and no stinky or exploding eggs, mainly just unfertilized or bad yolk.
     
  7. mmfarm

    mmfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't dip my eggs, but I know people who swear by it. If you're getting good hatches, don't change a thing! [​IMG]
     
  8. bigdaddyabc

    bigdaddyabc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmm, the guy I got my eggs from locally said he NEVER cleans his eggs and told me not to (first time incubator). My humidity is sitting right about 60%. Candling looks pretty good, with dark areas forming in all but one egg, but I am holding out hope. I guess I will just see how it works out. I kinda figure that having seen the bottom of a hen, how sanitized can it really be down there??
     

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