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is 78% humidity to high for Lock down

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Spitman, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Spitman

    Spitman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    Just built a new hatcher last week first time using it , I'm holding at 78 % H , I'm thinking that will be fine ? what do you think ?
  2. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    I think that is to high you can kill the eggs, it needs to be between 60-70% during lockdown.

  3. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Quote:Yep.. Safety number is 65%. [​IMG]
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Not to worry you are ok. My runs around 75% +/- and my hatches are fine. Actually high humidity during incubation drowns more chicks than in lockdown. Some people go as high as 80% and some poultry websites suggest 80% at lockdown. My hatches are between 90% and 100%.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  5. misslady

    misslady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    The Great Lakes.

    I don't know about where you live, but in the summer months here the RH often gets up to 80% or sometimes higher and we don't drown, lol, kidding. [​IMG]

    It's more important to keep the humidity down during incubation so that the fluid inside of the egg can evaporate, when it comes time to hatch though, I try to raise mine to about 65-70% but it won't make too much of a difference because once the first chick hatches the humidity always spikes up anyway. And since there is often no way of lowering it significantly without opening the incubator, it stays that way and the chicks that hatch after the first always hatch out just fine. Best of luck!
  6. gamelife

    gamelife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2011
    I've had the best hatches with low humidity 30-40 percent during the first 18 days and high as I can get it for the last 3.
  7. Spitman

    Spitman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    Whew I was worried there for a min. Got 3 pips , day 20, . It's holding at 75 % come on chicks start zipping.thanks for the reply's
  8. mshuey1

    mshuey1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2011
    San Antonio
    Hi am really glad you asked this ?. I have a big bator w 4 trays and I was wondering about the humidity thing myself. Every time the seasons change I have trouble w the humidity. Sometimes there dry r sticky. I finally went out and bought a humidity controller for the bator. Now I can breath more easyer knowing the temp in the bator. Hatch rate should be great this time around for me.[​IMG]
  9. Phantom_Rooster

    Phantom_Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2011
    NW Louisiana
    Quote:Do you know why this is? Please tell.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2011
  10. Phantom_Rooster

    Phantom_Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2011
    NW Louisiana
    Quote:Yep.. Safety number is 65%. [​IMG]

    Do you know why this is? Please tell.

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