New sportsman incubator questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rutasty, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. rutasty

    rutasty Out Of The Brooder

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    I have gotten my new bator and have had it up and cycling for more then 72 hours. my temp and humidity are rock solid stable @ temp is 99.5 and humidity is 51%. This is my first bator and i see alot of differing comments on humidity. I am gonna set some chicken eggs sunday. what should i be wanting the humidity at to begin my hatch? Any other sportman people out there that can give me some feed back? thanks nick
     
  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    35% to 40% to start out.. the 60% or a little higher for the last 3 days.. this has been working for me very well.. no pasties..
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    This is what I do with my sportsman. I originally keep the humidity around 40 to 50% during incubation and kick it up to 65 to 70% during lock down. I have had very good hatches. My Sportsman is an older one and originally had a wafer thermostat that we changed over to a digital thermostat. It is loaded right now with Pheasant eggs and chicken eggs. I also put it up on a table. I originally had it on the floor but much easier higher off of the floor.

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  4. rutasty

    rutasty Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks folks. I did put it up on a table. It just seems alot of people have varying thoughts on humidity. I figured someone with the same set up would have great info. thanks again
    i really need the auto waterer lol
     
  5. Whiskey Bay

    Whiskey Bay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You can make the auto waterer much cheaper than they want for it.I made a couple of mine.Cost maybe $20 tops.I get the buckets free from Walmart any size I want. I have them on all the incubators and hatchers.I generally run my humidity a lil higher ,but it works for me.Not everyone is the same.It took some playing with to find the perfect setting for me.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My humidity fluctuates. I have my incubator in an apartment I have that is behind my garage. I usually put an AC in it in the summer but haven't yet this year and the daytime and nighttime humidity fluctuate pretty significantly. I do like the auto waterer. I got a super deal. I bought my unit from Craigslist.
     
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I made auto waters for all 3 of mine for less than $15.oo/ea..
    American Plastics has floats for less than $8.oo/ea..
     

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