incubator humidity

Discussion in 'Quail' started by fishman65, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey gang, at what level humidity do you keep your eggs at
    for the first 15 days and also for the hatch??
    I usually dry hatch but i was told that with cortunix
    that it was a bad idea!
    So how do you all do it???
    appreciate all input!
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Dry Hatching Any Gamebird Will Only Lead To Lotsa Dead Eggs....

    50% Or As Close To It As Possible, Day 14-15 Jack It To 80+% And Drop The Temp 1 Degree. Also Place Them In Egg Cartons That Hold Them Lg End Up FOR THE HATCHING TIME--- It Will Increase Your Hatch Numbers ( Its Complicated To Explain Here--- But It Works!)
     
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  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    When I pay attention to them, I try to keep it around 45%. Lately, it seems I've been 'forgetting' and letting it hang out around 25%. Neither way seems to have affected them much. I had 11 of 13 chicks hatch yesterday when the humidity was at 25% [​IMG]
     
  4. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Quote:Dry hatch is not good for any eggs.... really its depend on your area you live. If in an area with high humidity it works better, but controlling the humiditiy is the 2nd most important of incubation.
     
  5. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow!!! guess everyone has there own way to hatch these little cottonballs. I have raised humidity to about 40-50%. The main thing that i have concerns about is leaving them in a tray during hatching. I have "always" laid the eggs down on there sides during hatching. Most hatcheries that i have visited have put the eggs on there side during hatching. Will it make a big difference??????
     
  6. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would lay them on their sides for hatching.

    I had 100% hatch with my last group of eggs and kept the humidity at 45% for days 1-14 and then upped the humidity to 80% for the last 3 days.
     
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    yes lay them on the side if you have a force air incubator, if a still air need to keep them at the same hight.
     
  8. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm so glad I found you guys. I can't wait to hatch my first quails this coming spring! Will you hold my hand?
     
  9. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess i need to hatch weebles, i hear they wobble but don't fall down![​IMG]
     
  10. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

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