? humidityand banty days? calling all experts and experts in training

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tiki244, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I am wondering what the humidity in the incubator should be, and as far as the holes in the bottom go do you just open or close to control humidtiy? The article Bill Worrel wrote said if the humidity was too high the chicks would drown in shell.
    I was also wondering if banties have the same amount of days for hatching or is it less? Is it still day 18 to stop turning? or day 17? I havent gotten that far yet but I am trying to gather all the information I need so that when I start incubating I am not feeling like I am in an emergency mode.
    I havent even built my incubator yet, but I plan on starting that today. Thanks
     
  2. Bantymama

    Bantymama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched out some banties last spring. Yes they take 21 days. I left one plug out on top (i have a little giant bator) during the first 18 days. Just watch the humidity if it goes down cover the hole up. If it goes up take the plug out. You will have to monitor it closly. I do my last turn on day 18 after that i only open the bator to add water. Hope this helps.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Treat them just like standard eggs. I hatch both standard and banty together no problem.
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Thanks for your replies-----I have never incubated standard eggs either so what is the humidity supposed to be?
     
  5. cadman68

    cadman68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most will tell you between 40%-50% for the first 18 days
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Between 40 to 50% the first 18 days...last 3 after you stop turning on day 18 try for 60 to 70% range...anywhere between those numbers is fine...
     

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