Need help with humidity on Humidaire cabinet incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Fox hater, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Fox hater

    Fox hater Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2012
    Northern VA
    So I got a humidaire cabinet incubator thinking it would be better than my old hovabator and I wanted to start hatching more from my breeding Phoenix's. Well I have had two hatches this year and both times I think I had major humidity issues...need some advice. First use in Jan I just put some barnyard mixes in to test temp and humidity consistency. They both seemed to hold great, steady 99-100 and 50-55% humidity. Went in to lockdown and couldn't get the humidity higher than 60-65% I wasn't too worried but when they pipped, they couldn't get out, I helped two hatch put some wet wash clothes in to jump the humidity. No one else hatched, egg topsies revealed developed chicks that didn't hatch :( one died within a week and now I have a lone silkie...

    So hatch #2 and my plan was to use the wash cloths from lock down 24 went in to lock down, maintained humidity 70-75%..... Then the next day I had 3 Frizzles and 2 Marans hatch on days 19 and 20. They were really sticky, one pip got stuck probably when I opened to get them out 24 hours after hatch and then no more pips....all fully developed some had pipped the inside membrane, but they all seemed shrinkwrapped AGAIN, I thought you could openthe bator quickly to get early hatchers out....

    What am I doing wrong? Is humidity wrong, I am getting so frustrated, I thought I was following everything right.

    Please help!
  2. Fox hater

    Fox hater Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2012
    Northern VA
    Still looking for any assistance please
  3. HatchCraft

    HatchCraft Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2011
    North Florida
    There are many variable that go into a successful hatch. Focusing on humidity and temp , I would guess from the early hatch your average temp is 1 deg or more high and average humidity is 10% high . Candling the eggs to monitor air cell development may help you judge humidity.
  4. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2013
    First off EXCELLENT incubator. There like the Gold standard of incubators

    I agree with Hathcraft., but with a bit more information & questions.
    You indicate that your second hatch hatched at day 19-20, To me that indicates that the temperature in the incubator is a bit higher than the thermometer indicates., so I would suspect the thermometer is off, did you check its accuracy?
    You should not have trouble getting the humidity to whatever level you want in these incubators, but obviously there is some kind of issue. Have you checked your humidity gage? What does it use to read Humidity? Is it a wet bulb type. See, normally when chicks pip through the inner membrane, but not the outer & die, it indicates TO MUCH humidity, so that's confusing for me.
    You say nothing about venting. Where are the vents, how may are there & are they open, part way closed or closed?
    You live in WV. I would' not think humidity would be an issue
    Do you have the operating manual for this model?
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2013

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