Paper towels in the incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Reurra, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Reurra

    Reurra Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2012
    Nova Scotia
    So i took out my turner and laid out the eggs on paper towel, but somehow water from the little "premeasured" trays at the bottom (Hovabator) soaked through I ahve a wet paper towel. I took the eggs off but tucked the paper towel to one side. I figured it could help with humidity. But I was wondering, how can I keep the towel dry if its just going to soak up the water in the trays? Or should i jsut let the chicks hatch on the wire mesh provided by Hovabator. Will they be OK without paper towel?
  2. wombat1346

    wombat1346 New Egg

    Mar 22, 2013
    In theory yes they should be OK providing the mesh is relatively fine. The reason why paper towel is sometimes placed into an incubator is to stop the chicks slipping around on a smooth surface, as is found in some plastic incubators, as this can lead to splayed leg. I have incubated eggs both with and without using a rowel and the chicks were fine.

    Hope this helps :)
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  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    so long as the paper towels won't stay wet....

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