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Ok, what is a dry/wet hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by msheets, May 16, 2010.

  1. msheets

    msheets Songster

    May 13, 2010
    Hurricane, WV
    Could someone please explain to me what a dry hatch means & then what a wet hatch means? Thanks!

  2. Wet hatch = keeping water or a wet sponge in the incubator...
    Dry hatch = no water but reliance on ambient humidity.
  3. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    I use the dry method but I still have some humidity in the incubator. I start my eggs with 1/2 cup of hot water in the water trays. This brings the humidity up to around 40%. I monitor the humidity but do not add any more water unless the humidity goes below 25%. On day 18 I add more water to the trays and sometimes have to put wet sponges in the incubator to raise the humidity to 65-70%. People confuse the dry method with no water at all. The eggs do need some humidity. It is considered dry compared to the 50% or more humidity in the wet method. My hatches have been 80-85% on my own eggs so I believe this method works for me.

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