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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CHICKENFARMER22, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. CHICKENFARMER22

    CHICKENFARMER22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's lockdown day for me today. I just put my eggs on lockdown. I have a Little Giant 9300 still air incubator. I have an accurite hygrometer in there. I filled all 6 water trays and it only say humidity is 53%. Does it take a few hours for it to go up? Is the hygrometer junk? Or do I really need to add more water?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    It will probably be tomorrow before it will stabilize. Did you add warm water or straight out the spiket?

    Keep in mind your humidity is controlled my water surface---not by depth. so adding more water in the same 6 holes would not help unless the area gets wider/longer/more water surface. I would think all 6 would make the humidity to high. Check it in the morning and see what it is reading---but if you are still up reply back with the answer to above question.
     
  3. CHICKENFARMER22

    CHICKENFARMER22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Yes, I added warm water.
     
  4. CHICKENFARMER22

    CHICKENFARMER22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do I do if the humidity is too high?
     
  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If the humidity is to high you have to lesson the water surface----but if the bottom trays are getting low---then I would only refill certain ones and let the others dry.

    Is this your first hatch? You should always test run your incubator without eggs but with the turner running---if you are using a turner--only fill one void in the bottom and let it run a few hours---see what the humidity is---if it needs to be higher fill another one and let it run a few more hours---get the humidity right---make notes which one/s you are using---let it run for several hours or more making sure its stable. Now go into lock down mode----remove the turner(if using) add water to another void----let it run a few hours check the temp---it usually drops after removing the turner because the turner motor gives off some heat---might have to tweek it. Keep filling voids one at a time allowing it to run a few hours until you get the humidity at what you want it for the hatch----take notes on which ones have water----now you are ready---retweek the thermostat and only fill the voids you wrote down to start---let it run about a day---if its stable----add your eggs(do not readjust the thermostat for atleast 24 hrs---then you should not have to---but if you do need to---only a touch and NEVER leave it until hours later---meaning keep checking it every few minutes to make sure it is stable. Only fill the voids you had wrote down for the first 18 days----when you go into lock down----you will already know how many extra to fill and if you are going to have to tweek if you remove the turner.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2017
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    If there's no condensation don't worry about it. Not at hatch time anyway. It needs to be at least 65% for hatch. If you have all the wells filled, I have a hard time believing you haven't at least hit 60-65%. Even with low humidity in the house (only 16%) filling the trays brings mine up past 60. I add an extra wet sponge at egg level because I prefer 70-75%. I'd be surprised if that hygrometer was right. It shouldn't take more than a couple hours, not even, for the hygrometer to level out with the humidity. I use an accurite combo as well and within a half hour after entering lockdown it has stabilized for humidity. The temps will take a little while longer to stabilize with the addition of water.
     

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