Discussion in 'Quail' started by calicobuterfly, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. calicobuterfly

    calicobuterfly Hatching

    Jun 14, 2014
    Hi, I have tried everything, and can't get the humidity any higher than 45-46. will this be ok to hatch button quail eggs? the temp is steady at 99-100 degrees.
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    It is surface area of water and not depth that creates humidity. Have you tried warm wet paper towel in the incubator? This usually works when trying to increase humidity. Although 45% is not ideal if you can't get it any higher there is not a lot else you can do. Hopefully when you have a chick hatch it wil bump it up for you a little. Good luck.
  3. jaybeeson18

    jaybeeson18 In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2014
    Try adding less water. Like te person said above its the surface water. It will evaporate more quickly though so keep an eye on it. And also try a sponge not to wet but enough to hold water that can release humidity :)
  4. dc3085

    dc3085 Crowing

    Put a wet sponge in the water pan if you can fit one. That way it allows the water evaporate easier, since it is wicking through the sponge, essentially creating more surface area than your tray would otherwise allow. Lowering the temperature by a half degree can help but i don't recommend it unless you have a lot of control over your thermostat.
  5. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Songster

    May 28, 2012
    and remember if you add a pan or other type of bowl cover it with mesh so the chicks cannot get into it after they hatch! I use a sponge or two and place them under the vent holes so I can add hot water to them with a turkey baster right through the holes! works like a charm...and keep the lid closed as much as you can! good luck!
  6. aperez54

    aperez54 In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2014
    Hello - we had this same issue when we were hatching our eggs. Couldn't get humidity beyond 55% -- then one day, my hubby turned off the fan (to add more water trays/sponges) and humidity shot right up to 80% !!!

    So our next hatch was a breeze, just turned off the fan on lock down and humidity held up over 70%

    Good luck!\

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