is 72% too humid to start

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sasquatch, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Songster

    Dec 3, 2008
    I ordered a used LG. fabricated a plywood patch for the missing window. She is holding temp like a champ. My prob is that i put too much water in and now it has been hollding 68-72 percent humidity.

    I have pennies over the vent holes and have made tiny adjustments because I would rather worry about temp. I live in the desert and am confident that the humidity will come down. I just brought eggs in and am going to let them achieve room temp prior to placing them in the bator. It is just another thing to worry about.

  2. Painted Spirit

    Painted Spirit Songster

    Oct 18, 2009
    I would open the vent holes for a few hours to bring it down a bit. Also when you open the bator to set the eggs you'll lose some humidity. If it's going to be a few days it'll probably go down on it's own though.
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Humidity is key to hatching eggs correctly. 72% is a little high for chicken eggs. They can drown in the eggs, or hatch with their bellies open and things like that. You might want to let it run for 24 hours and see what it is then. If it's still that high, move your pennies around until you get it down to about 45-50%
  4. E.G.Glayer

    E.G.Glayer Songster

    Jan 29, 2009
    Blanchester OH
    I am not sure but I will monitor this post on what the humidity settings should be. [​IMG] I began a hatch on 1-16-10, 33 eggs some delawares and assorted mutts. I am just going by the storey's guide, it says, 60% - 62% until day 18 then up to around 70% for the hatch. I am currently running at 100.5 and 55%. I would be interested in knowing what all the experts think though. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2010
  5. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Songster

    Dec 3, 2008
    I knew that this one would start some debate.

  6. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Songster

    Dec 3, 2008
    The LG seems to be chug, chug, chugging to get back up to temp following the addition of 14 eggs.
  7. kyrose

    kyrose Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    i do 30-35 humidity day 1-18 then 60-65 day 19-21.been working for me...
  8. CityChicker

    CityChicker Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    For chicken eggs, it is probably a little too high. I incubate waterfowl in that range- 55-65% through most of incubation, then 75-85% for hatch. All other birds, I typically do about 40-45% until hatch and then bump it up to about 60-65%. I live in a very dry area as well. The key though is to monitor the weight loss/air space of the eggs. There is no "set in stone" number for either temperature or humidity. A number of different factors contribute to what will be the most successful range including the incubator, the type of eggs, the altitude, the porosity of the eggs, etc...
  9. Frenchy chick

    Frenchy chick In the Brooder

    May 26, 2009
    It is super hard to keep the humidity at the right high but try your hardest. Better to have it too low than too high .

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