New at incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tarleerichards, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. tarleerichards

    tarleerichards New Egg

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    I bought an automatoc incubator from melbourne aus, now im confused as to how to control humidity.
    As far as the instructions go they were not quite detailed at all!
    I watched a youtibe video which does state to put water at the bottom of incubator. (No eggs have been in it yet) i am just testing it and making sure it is at correct setting before i out my buttons in there.
    To lower humidity doni put less water? Yesterday tge fan stopped on its own and i wondered did it raise to 90% because the fan was not running? I understand that the first 16 days for incubation need to be roughly betwen 50 % and 60%. I just want nothing but the best for the chicks
    I dobplan on putting some food dye into the water as suggested by someone on another post to keep an eye on water levels.
    Any hints or tips would be amazing!
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I run mine 45% first 18 days. 70 last 3 days.. less water yes.. first 18 days I just use a pill bottle . filled with water . No water in bottom. . Fan should run all the time.. if it's a metal fan may need lube. . 3 in 1 oil
     
  3. BurntFeather

    BurntFeather Out Of The Brooder

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    Rod-T has the same humidity levels and time frame that we follow.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I run 30% the first 17 days. The best way to get an idea of what works for you is monitoring the air cells. 50-60% in most table top bators will result in not enough moisture loss which means air cells too small and chicks drowning come time to hatch. I'm going to give you a link for humidity, this is the process I use. I usually can run at or close to 30% w/o adding water.
    http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com...anuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    And :welcome
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    You are doing button quail? They are...18 or 19 days incubation? Then day 15/16 you can go into lockdown, and you will probably find for the smaller quail eggs, 45% would probably be better for the first 15/16 days and then raise it for lockdown. Good luck!!
     

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