Incubating Guinea eggs for the first time

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by jwalls01, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. jwalls01

    jwalls01 Hatching

    Oct 30, 2013
    I have 38 Guinea eggs in a Farm Innovator circulated air 4200 Pro Series with an egg turner. The eggs have been in the incubator for 9 days. The water evaporates completely every day and the humidity stays between 57 - 60 degrees. The humidity doesn't drop below 57 degrees until I open the incubator.From what I have read on the internet, I am supposed to lock down the incubator on day 23 and increase the humidity to 65 degrees. If the water completely evaporates, how can I increase the humidity without opening the incubator, and adding water. I realize that I will have to plug the openings to increase humidity, but what about the water.
  2. halvr

    halvr In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2012
    You can increase humidity by adding a brand new sponge to incubator and wet with water or cup full of water. Cover the cup with hardware cloth (not just the top- make a cap that covers the cup completely down the sides too) to keep the chicks out of it. Position under the holes if you can, so that if sponge dries out or cup empties, you can refill with a clean straw without opening the bator or losing much in the way of humidity
  3. One lock down is a suggestion it's not the end of the world if you open it up during lockdown...

    You can put a tube though a hole if you want, that way you can add water using a funnel though the holes...

    To increase humidity put a few wet sponges in there...

    For a cheap and easy solution get a spray bottle and some sponges at the dollar store...

    Lockdown or not quickly open incubator and fill the water areas (use warm water), pour some water on the sponges, and give the inside of the incubator a few mistings of warm water out of the spray bottle and put the lid back on...

    The misted water out of the spray bottle should instantly restore the higher humidity that you lost by opening the lid...

    For me I have a mini USB humidifier in the incubator, I just turn that on when I open it and let it run for a bit...
  4. DesertLab

    DesertLab In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2014
    I open our incubators during lock down to add water. We have not had any problems. A quick spray of water from a spray bottle will bump the humidity right back up. I don't use the sponges to maintain the humidity .... Just something else that could hold bacteria and to clean. However, I know many people who do and have no problems.
  5. jwalls01

    jwalls01 Hatching

    Oct 30, 2013
    Thanks for your reply. I typed the post in such a hurry I put degrees instead of percent. To much on my mind.

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