Incubator humidity?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AustinM741, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. AustinM741

    AustinM741 Out Of The Brooder

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    What is the humidity supposed to be for chicken eggs? Duck eggs?
    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX

    XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Humidity for chicken eggs is supposed to be 50% humidity for day 1-18, then 70-80% for the last few days. [​IMG]
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    You can also do dry incubation, which I do. I add no water and the humidity stays around 20% or so the first 18 days. I will mist them once or twice during incubation with some incubation disinfectant. Then on day 18 I bump it up to around 65-70%.
     
  4. AustinM741

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    Thanks. [​IMG]
    What about ducks?
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I do my ducks basically the same as my chicken eggs. I just mist the eggs daily and keep humidity at hatch around 75%.
     
  6. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    It depends on where you live, how much the relative humidity is in the room where you keep the incubator.

    Everyone has a different opinion on humidity and you will decide what works best for you. Alot of people will say that 50% is too high, but that must work for xxkiki.

    Do some research. There are alot of good threads in the sticky at the top of Incubating & Hatching Eggs.
    I myself learned alot from the Humidity Issues thread, and found that, in my situation, 30-40% for days 1-18, then 65-70% for lockdown worked well.

    Take a look, and Good Luck !!
     
  7. AustinM741

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    Alrighty. Thanks. It's pretty humid here most of the time but it hasn't rained in like a month. I'll do some research. [​IMG]
     
  8. AustinM741

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    I think im gonna keep it around 50% until day 18 then i'll bump it up. [​IMG]
     
  9. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i tried dry incubation and the chicks didnt like it. it took them 3 days to come out because they were all stuck. did i do something wrong?
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I start off at around 50% humidity. When I set the eggs for hatching I bump it up to around 70%.
     

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