Incubating chicken eggs...Humidity???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Trapper Luke, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Trapper Luke

    Trapper Luke Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 26, 2009
    Goin to set some chicken eggs in the incubator here in the next few days and was curious about what the humidity is suppose to be for chicken eggs?

    Was also curious am i suppose to increase the humidity in the last three days before they hatch if i am by how much?

  2. NancyP

    NancyP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I run mine about 30% and then bump it up to 65% for the last 3 days. Everyone has to figure out tho what works best with their incubator and for the area that they live in. What works for me isn't going to neccesarily work for someone else. That's why it's a good idea to do a few "practice" runs with the bator with cheap eggs until you find out what works for you.
  4. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    Like stated above, everyone has their own method. I keep humidity between 55%-60% for first 18 days, then 65% for last 3 days. I've had a great hatch rate since doing this. I used to run low humidity (35%-40%) for 1-18, then up it at the end. I was getting a lot of fully developed chicks that didn't hatch. The higher humidity has eliminated this. Last hatch, I had 23 out of 26 hatch. They other 3 pipped, but never made it any further.

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