Humidity ????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by farmboydj, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. farmboydj

    farmboydj Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2009
    puyallup wa
    so i have a GQF sportsman incubator and i cant seem to get the humidity above 35-39% is this ok and if not what do i do to get it up i have both water containers full of water????
  2. LaurenV

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2012
    My homemade incubator is doing the same thing but I can't get it up past 29%. I have 2 sponges in there, one in half, and the other one not. Any replies for Farmboydj and me??
  3. ckookcam

    ckookcam New Egg

    Jan 23, 2012
    hi there,new here and doing some research, surface area of water should control humidity not the amount of ,maybe try different size cups or lids filled with water, only new at incubating (first hatch) but this method worked for me to maintain steady humidity at 60-65% humid,but also i am not sure if this is the right humidity i should be aming for, some say higher some say lower than this, cheers
  4. justafeedboy

    justafeedboy Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2011
    in my own little world
    Try adding some more surface area like another sponge. This time of year it took me 4 sponges and a n extra tin of water to hit the 40% mark.
  5. FatTom

    FatTom Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 26, 2012
    Great Falls, Mt.
    I am new to hatching and reading up as much as I can. I have a LG and have the same problem. I put the plug it has you take out back in and got it to 40-45% but need some thing to get it higher for the last three days and will try this. Thank you. :)
  6. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    ^as they said up there, it is all about surface area .. not depth. When I had my first hatch, I was using trays and lids and containers full of water. That didn't help at all. Then I pretty much lined the bator with soaking wet washcloths and that humidity shot up like you wouldn't believe! Good Luck!
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Hi eveyrone,

    Will do my best to answer your concerns. I have an LG so what ever I suggest , see if you can adapt it to your incubator design.

    2-4 small jars filled with warm water, and have a sponge, I cut them to fit, sticking into the water jar like a straw, with the top hanging out. THe more the sponge is exposed to the air , the more moisture is wicked from the jar into the air.

    I also lay wet sponges in my homemade incubator to get the RH up quickly. Or use rolled paper towels that are high quality paper towels that hold their shape when wet.

    Some incubator designs need the water replenished regularly. Either use a straw thru a hole to keep replenished or similar idea.

    Other ideas that I have read: lay a wet paper towel on the floor and put eggs on top, dribble in water to keep paper towel wet.
  8. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    Just a shot in dark.But have you checked Hydro calibration maybe its wrong.I hear so often its new.Believe me that does not mean its right...cva34
  9. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    SW Washington
    Humidity problems in a Sportsman can often be caused by a leaking door gasket or seal. If yours is an older model try going around the perimeter of the door with a lit candle. If the flame is blowing around your humidity is likely being blown out the door. New seals are available from GQF or self adhesive weatherstripping can be found at your local hardware store.

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