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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by realtorrico, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. realtorrico

    realtorrico New Egg

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    gonna start raising chickens this spring, have incubator and turner. was told I needed a humidistat.
    Where should the humidity and temp be set at?
    And where can I get a humidistat for the system?
    Thanks
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Go to the Raising Backyard Chickens Forum : Incubating and hatching eggs. Answers to all of your questions and recommendations about humidistats will be found there.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] If you are using a forced air incubator (with a fan) aim for a temperature of 99* and for a still air incubator (no fan) you can go up to 101*-102*, but not higher than that. Temperatures lower than 98*-99* will delay development of the embryo, resulting in delayed hatches and higher temperatures can either kill the embryo or result in handicapped chicks. I'll spare you the details, but make sure your temperature is spot on.

    Humidity, aim for 45%-55% during days 1-18 and on day 18 you "lockdown", stop turning the eggs, remove the turner if possible and up humidity to 60%-65% Again not too high or you can drown the chick.

    I'm afraid I can't tell you which shops you can buy a thermometer and hygrometer, I'm not in the US, but my guess would be a hardware shop. Don't buy cheap equipment as they are often not accurate. I've learned this lesson with a cheap thermometer. It read about 8* under the actual temperature and I ended up cooking my eggs! Good quality equipment will save you lots of heartache and wasted eggs!

    When you are ready to start hatching or if you have any more questions you are welcome to join is on this thread:

    Diary & Notes ~ Air Cell Detatched SHIPPED Eggs

    You will find some excellent info and a few seasoned hatchers there. [​IMG] Merry Christmas!
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, realtorrico, and [​IMG]! I X2 the advice of sourland. Good luck to you!!
     
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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Great advice given [​IMG]
     
  7. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
     
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. VentuckyChick

    VentuckyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome and have fun! [​IMG]
     
  10. realtorrico

    realtorrico New Egg

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    Thanks Sumi,
    Have a long way to go but will use all the advise I can get.
    Christmas blessings and A happy new year to you and yours
     

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