LG incubator humidity question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TK Poultry, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    ok I've had an awful hatch season this year out of like thrity eggs I have ONE bird to show for it so I kinda gave up, but I need to hatch some more and perfect this humidity thing. I cannot for the life of me get the humidity above 30-40% when I add the test egg! at one point before the test egg i had it up to 60% but no its in the low to mid 30's!!!! can you help me figure out what to do.
  2. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    I have an LG. I cut a sponge into thirds.and ad wet sponges until I get the humidity I want.
    I upped the humidity to closer to 70 this hatch and am geting much better results........
    7 hatched, two pipping ,5 nothing happening yet.day 22.............
    hope this helps and good luck.
    I lost my first hatch because I did not calibrate the new hydrometer......when I did ( after the hatch)
    It was way off.grrrrrrrrrr
    I was reading a thread yesterday ..the person pointed out each area of the country is so different
    with outside humidity that experimenting for your own area is helpful.

    Good luck
  3. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    opps.meant to say.upped the humidity during lockdaow to closer to 70.
  4. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    ok thanks it's been really dry but I need to try to keep the humidity constant...... I have the bator in the closet so I can try to control the enviorment a little better, but still im on the border sometimes in the 40's and 50's and I would like it closer to 60
  5. Bloomie

    Bloomie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2010
    Rural Nevada
    Quote:I'm curious about the solutions folks find for the LG humidity issue.
    I have an LG Forced Air unit and went into lockdown Thurdsay.....had 2 pip & hatch this afternoon and 3 more have pipped tonight.
    The first 2 were stuck in the membrane so we assisted....it wasnt what I preferred to do, but we couldnt watch them struggling.
    I've been trying to keep the humidity at 75....filled all the trays and added sponges with tubes running to everything so a syringe can be used to add water......it aint working too well

    How'd ya up yer humidity during lockdown?
  6. cwcrouch

    cwcrouch New Egg

    Sep 11, 2008
    I am also curious about this because my wife and I are getting ready to set our first incubator batch ever. We have the LG still air, but I am installing a small fan tonight.
  7. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    I add a large dish of warm water. It is covered with a heavily vented lid, so the chicks can't get to the water but the water evaporation isn't hampered either.

    I make sure the troughs are filled also. This almost always gets me to 65% humidity.

    With a forced air unit you will need to add water more frequently than with a still air. The fan causes faster evaporation.
  8. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2010
    Savannah, NY
    i have a syringe i use so i dont have to take the top off.. i actually just found some fishtank tubing really cheap at the dollar store i will be installing for precise and even less air exchange when refilling. Right now i have no sponges but i probably will add some and perfect my system come next hatch. I am on my first with no idea who was fertile, etc. next hatch i think i will buy some fertile eggs... maybe silkies since i dont have any of those.

    I also installed a fan of my own in my lg. i didnt pay $50 for their fan. I do have the turner though.

    I also just picked up some omaha steak foam containers, and will be trying to replicate the incubator.. maybe just to do lockdowns in.. but that will be way later.
  9. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    I use an LG forced air - fill the center wells completely adn for added humidity, I'll put in a sopping wet, hot wash cloth. This causes the humidity to spike initially but it will settle down to about the 70% range. I use hot water so the temp doesn't get messed up.
  10. MjChickens

    MjChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2010
    La Center, Wa
    I also use hot water and to keep the humidity I also use sponges and put them around the water wells. Never thought to use a cloth before, for an instant spike that would probably work great. I try to run mine at 60%-70%.

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