Humidty Help please!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mooSa, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. mooSa

    mooSa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so this is my first time incubating eggs. Its been 4 days so far in the 1502 sportsman incubator. I just wanted to ask what humidty i should use.

    I have been going with 60-65% on first 17 days and 80-85% on last three days. And i looked around through posts and i see everyone putting lower humidty. So I would like to know if I am doing anything wrong. Thanks

    I have my inc stable at 99.5 F - Outdoor temp 76-78 F
     
  2. mschickychick

    mschickychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I start out more like 40-45% then go to 60-65% the last few days. When the eggs start hatching there will be added moisture and that will drive your humidity up. Hope this helps.

    Good hatching vibes coming your way.
     
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats and welcome! mschickychick is correct. I'm assuming you're hatching chickens... if you're hatching ducks then your current humidity is correct.

    Good luck with the hatch! The first time is so much fun. Every time is fun!
     
  4. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    ups, you should lower it as 40-50 on first 18 days and 65-80 on last 3 days.

    but hope they will make it. [​IMG]
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    As Rebelcowboy said it's not like anyone has a magic number to give you. Everyone has to figure out what works for them in the area that they live and even the weather conditions at that point in time. For my area ( and honestly I think most areas) the humidity you're running now is too high. I run mine about 30% for the first 18 days and then bump it up to 65%. If I ran it as high as you are, I'd have drowned and mushy chicks when it came to hatch time. That's why it's a good idea to do some test hatches with cheap local eggs or your own if you've got them before you do any shipped or expensive eggs.
     
  6. mooSa

    mooSa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok ill be more precise. It goes from 60-62% humidty and on the last 3 days i will go up to 70%. I read that on the book by gale damerow. She wrote to use these percentages for chickens. Anyways the room its in its quite large and very well ventillated. and the natural humidity in the country is low. Hardly any pollution where the live. The air is very fresh. So im not sure. and the outdoor temp is stable from 75-78
     
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Thats the thing? Most books say that an so do the directions that come with incubators. Every time I try anywhere near that range I get almost no hatches. But anywhere from 14% to 40%(lower the better) the first 18 days an in the 70s% the last 3 an I'm surprised if I get less than 70% hatch rate.
     
  8. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    I am going to make a guess that your chicks will pip the air cell and die if you keep it that high the first 18 days.

    I was raising my humidity higher because I live in a very dry climate and thought that would help and my hatches got worse. They were drowning. the ones who were hatching were "sticky" and I thought that was due to low humidity (just the opposite)

    30-45 the first 18 days and 65-80 the last 3
     
  9. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    This summer I didn't need to add that much water to my bator because the humidity was so high out side. It did stay at 40 to 50 the first 18 days.

    But I did try something different the last 3 days. I raised it up to 75-80 and I had a better hatch then ever.
     

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