New to incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by alexandherpets, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. alexandherpets

    alexandherpets Out Of The Brooder

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    I find different answers all over the place, but i was just wanting to ask you all out there from personal experience. I am new to the incubation process, and have two incubators at the moment (both in use). I was wondering about the humidity of the incubator. I am constantly checking on the humidity and want to make sure my humidity levels are ok. I have about 25 eggs in a janoel 4 48 and the humidity is kept at a constant 45-50, sometimes getting to 52, but rarely. Is this humidity level alright or too high? i thought it was too high at first but im reading in some places that it is a good level to keep it at. What do you think?
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    The humidity level seems fine to me. When I incubate, I keep the humidity at about 50% for the first eighteen days, and then increase it to 65-70 % during the last three days of incubation.
     
  3. alexandherpets

    alexandherpets Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!! ill be sure to keep it around 50. Whats the ideal humidity for the 18-21st day? i heard it was 60-80. is that right? Does it matter how many eggs are in the incubator? I thought that maybe the more eggs in the incubator, the higher you should keep the humidity level.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

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    60-70% humidity is good for the 18-21st days. Some people keep it lower (in fact, some "dry hatch", which means that they don't even add water to the incubator), but I always keep it at 60%-70%. As far as I know, the number of eggs doesn't make a difference.
     
  5. gimmie birdies

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    I dry hatch- but it is in a small box. if you ever stick your hand inside it is still moist, so it isn't really dry.
     
  6. Farmer Viola

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    humidity isn't really a set number.. you can candle and weigh eggs as they progress to make sure they are losing weight (gaining an air cell) properly.

    this thread recommends Humidity between 28%-45% for the first 18 days
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
    scroll down to: HUMIDITY

    edit: in my experience, the more eggs in the incubator, the more humidity they generate. I have actually had to reduce the humidity here in Oregon!
     
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