ok guys, i guess i'm posting about this just to get reassurance that i'm doing the right thing not to trust my hygrometer. i just did a hatch not to long ago and the chicks are 1 week old. everything was fine with my humidity and temp. humidity 38-40% and at lockdown 58-60%. anyway, on my new batch of eggs, on day 5 today, it has been reading high (50% or higher) so i was told it was from my bator being full to the max and the eggs were loosing moisture. sounds good and makes sense. but just now when i went to turn them i noticed the bator was completely dry. i hadn't added water since i added the eggs. dry bator, but still reading 55%. so i took the whole hygrometer out and kept it out for awhile and the humidity did NOT go down. so i think it's messed up or needs a new battery. i've been hatching for......well, this is my 3rd year. i've always had to add water. i always hatch at the same time of year too. i don't believe that where i live is so high in humidity. so....i added water to the center well like i do for all my hatches. and now my hygrometer says its 77% in there. but i don't trust it. humidity in my area couldn't have changed so drastically in 1 week i wouldn't think. i guess i'm looking for reassurance that i did the right thing.