incubating eggs in high humidity enviorment

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mandelaykay, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. mandelaykay

    mandelaykay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok guys this is my first post so here goes...

    I have 4 silkies. a pair of whites and a pair of splash. I want another white hen and a blue or black hen. I was thinking about buying some hatching eggs. I figured I could raise the chicks till maturity and keep the best ones of the colors that I want and sell the rest. I thought that this would be more cost effective then buying chicks and adults. But here is the thing... I live in Maine and the humidity here is high like in the 70% plus. Will that affect my hatch? I dont want to spend $70 on eggs to not have a single one hatch. I have one of those foam incubators. I tried to hatch a few eggs this spring but the house was so dry from the cold that I did not get anything. Any advice would be helpful. Should I just go to a show and buy a few hens and know what I get?

    Thanks so much
    Mandy
     
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  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Yes it has a effect an you need to learn what humidity is needed to hatch in your climate. Its best to hatch your eggs till you get good at it before spending money on eggs.
     
  3. Farmer_Dan

    Farmer_Dan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been having trouble w/ drowning chicks this year. It's been very humid, but I've been putting some paper towels (dry ones) in the incubator during the setting time and managed to get the humidity down to about 50%, hopefully this next batch wont have so many that drown. [​IMG]
     
  4. mandelaykay

    mandelaykay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bummer, my guys are only 4 and half months and not producing yet... I was hoping to have the two chickens by this winter to help keep my guys warm during the cold maine winter. Thanks for your help guys.

    Would it help if I had them in a room with an air conditioner that is running all day??? That cuts the humidity.
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    It may help but you still need to hatch a while before spending money on eggs.
     
  6. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    head out to Walmart and buy a $10 thermometer / hydrometer combo, then calibrate it. Figure out what your actual room humidity is, then go from there. The AC should help, as would a dehumidifier. Once you have the 'bator running for a week or so and humidity has been stable, buy some 'farm fresh' eggs (check and see if they have a rooster!) and do a test hatch on them. Worst-case, fall is county fair season and you might be able to make some contacts at a show.
     
  7. mandelaykay

    mandelaykay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Bantam Chase for the advice. I am going to my first show in a few weeks. I will wait until then and take it from there![​IMG]
     

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