Is 66% humidity hgh enough for lock down in a brinsea eco 20?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Long Last Farm, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Long Last Farm

    Long Last Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi
    I locked down my frst hatch this morning at 6:00 am in a brinsea eco 20. My house is really dry--using a wood burng stove. I filled both water channels, and added a sponge. I have the vent totally closed. Just checked the humidity --66% I have a cheapie hydrometer/thermometer. Is this high enough for a successful hatch? Thanks--any suggestions appreciated....
    Pat
     
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    That is about what I usually run mine, but some will tell you as high as 75%. I think they should be fine.
     
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It should be fine. You should be able to have a successful hatch as low as 50%
     
  4. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    I haven't hatched any in my Brinsea yet since I've had staggered batches but in my hatcher I've kept the humidity at 55%. You will read lots & lots of opinions on what your humidity should be during lockdown. Some people like it really high some med and some people don't even check the humidity. After you've hatched a few batches you'll get the feel of what's best for you in the area that you live in and in your home!

    ETA: Good luck on your hatch!! [​IMG]
     
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  5. Long Last Farm

    Long Last Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks, everyone for the quick replies.! I guess I am concerned because the instruction manual for the eco 20 says in BIG DARK LETTERS: KEEP THE VENT AT LEAST 1/3 OPEN
    I lose humidity when I do that. If I need to add more water later, can I use a straw through the vent hole?
     
  6. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a lot of people do is add a towel (or something) to the very bottom of the bator - let it act as a wick to draw water out of the well and increase surface area. Good luck with your hatch!
     
  7. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    65 should be fine . Yep you can use a straw to add water if needed, I use a turky injector to add water thru the vent, it won't bend up on you and you can kind of shoot it where you want it.


    Dan
     
  8. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a wood stove and Brinsea eco 20s. I've never done more than add water to the channels. I keep the vent wide open too and I have never had a shrink wrapped chick.
     
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  9. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can't tell you how helpful this is. Doing my first incubator hatch w/a new Brinsea 20 eco. Only on day 4 but having trouble getting humidity up to even 40... had to close the vent all the way to get that. Also a wood burner 24/7. Someone else suggested using some of the sham-wow material under the tray... thought it was a good idea because they can hold so much water and yet take up less space. Good luck!
     

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