Need help! Classroom hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by teacher_hawk, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. teacher_hawk

    teacher_hawk Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2009
    I am a 3rd grade teacher and am trying to hatch some chick eggs! I just put in 12 top hat chick eggs into the incubator today, so keep your fingers crossed for us!

    I have a question about the humidity level. I know the wet bulb temperature is supposed to be around 86 degrees. However, it's a couple degrees higher than that right now. What I'm worried about is that when I turned the eggs today the bottom of the egg was wet, plus the clear top on the incubator has moisture at the bottom. Does this mean there is too much water and humidity is too high?

    I'm just so nervous for my kids that we won't get any chicks!

    Thanks for any help/suggestions.
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    If there is water on the lid its to humid.
    I dont know anything about wet bulb
    40-45% humidity for days 1-18
    60-70% humidity for days 19-21
    Still air bator you want around 101
    Circulated air bator you want about 99.5
    What kind of bator do you have?
    how are you turning them?
  3. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    Do you have the air vents open ? If you open them it will lower the Hum a bit. Or take some water out. If you sit the incubator on 2 books do it is a couple inches off the counter it will be able to draw in fresh air from the holes in the bottom as well. Does your bator have a circulating fan or is it still air ?
  4. joy_of_illinois

    joy_of_illinois New Egg

    Dec 1, 2008
    Styrofoam incubators usually have a plug or two that can be removed to help control humidity. Wooden ones have openings with slides.

    Good luck!
  5. peaceful

    peaceful Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    BC Canada
    It does sound like the humidity is too high.
    I would take any added water out of your incubator right now.
    What kind of incubator do you have?
    Compare your conditions to what you think a mother hen would provide. The eggs never are wet with the mother hen.
    (If you can get one a hydrometer from a pet store is inexpensive and can give you more information as you go along)
  6. teacher_hawk

    teacher_hawk Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2009
    I will definitely go purchase a hydrometer for it. Where is the best place to find one?

    My incubator does not have any vents, it's not styrofoam. It has a plastic see through lid for observation. I also have an automatic turner on it, so hopefully I won't have to come to the school on the weekend!

    I'm very excited about it. Thank for you helping me out so much, my class appreciates it too!
  7. iheartchkns

    iheartchkns Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2009
    I got my hydrometer from Pet Valu store, but you should be able to find one in any pet supply store, particularly where reptile supplies are sold. It is meant for reptiles, but a lot of people use this kind and mine has worked out great so far.

    Good luck! I have a third grader who is really enjoying the incubating process at our home.

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