Increasing humidity

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  1. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first try with an incubator. I have a Brower Top Hatch. No not the model recalled. I have a humidistat on the rack and it is reading 43%, but the temp on it doesn't match the temp on another thermometer inside. I would like to raise the humidity and I have put a cup of water in the outer rim per the instructions. The incubator is in a small bathroom where the temp is consistent. I have put a room humidifier in the bathroom, but haven't seen much of an increase in humidity in 18 hours. Any ideas?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Have you calibrated your instruments? How well are they working?

    Rebel’s Thermometer Calibration
    http://cmfarm.us/ThermometerCalibration.html

    Rebel’s Hygrometer Calibration
    http://cmfarm.us/HygrometerCalibration.html

    I’m not familiar with that model so I can’t give specific help, just generic advice. In the type of incubator that relies on the reservoirs of water, humidity is controlled by water surface area. The depth of water in a reservoir does not matter, just the surface area available for water to evaporate.

    To lower humidity use smaller reservoirs or cover part of the top with foil or something like that to reduce surface area. That’s not what you want to do.

    To increase humidity, either fill additional reservoirs or add a container of water. You can also put a sponge, paper towel, or cloth partially in a reservoir so it will wick out water and present more surface area for water to evaporate from. Of course that reservoir will run dry faster than normal if you do this.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!
     
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