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People with Hovabators how do you keep your humidity in the 40-50 area

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by happyhens44, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    I am stuggling to keep mine in the 40-50 area. My hovabator has 9 eggs in there. That I put in 2 hours ago. Any suggestions would help
     
  2. Baralak

    Baralak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have your plugs in?
     
  3. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Quote:What I ended up doing was taking a paper towel and folding it to 1/4 size and putting it in the trough.. Then I took another and folded it long ways and really small so it would fit in the smaller area of the trough.. I didn't completely fill the trough with the paper towels but I have one 1/4 piece in the big section and one long piece in the small long section... I wet the paper towel and this helps to keep the humidity more stable..

    Goddess [​IMG]
     
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Are you struggling to keep the humidity UP to 40-50 or DOWN to 40-50?
     
  5. vebyrd36

    vebyrd36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Paper is a good idea. I use a small cotton rag wet with warm water folded lengthwise and place along the inside of the bator.
     
  6. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    keeping it up


    . I have the plugs in [​IMG]


    ill try paper towel.
     
  7. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Hmmmm....I'm on my first hatch, but my goal is to keep it in the 30's% range. Right after I add water to the bowl, it shoots up to almost 50 and that has me a little worried. I feel happier when I see it go back down in the 30's again. Too high humidity in the early days of incubation can cause too much water to build up inside the egg, and the chick drowns when it pips internally. I researched this a ton before I started, and finally decided to go with a lower humidity for incubation and then raise the humidity at lockdown and for hatching. I wouldn't try too hard to keep it near 50% if you are just starting with the hatch, if I were you....
     
  8. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    In winter it can be hard when your heat is on to keep a steady humidity level. If you want to raise it try using a cotton facecloth and just roll it up nice & wet...not dripping wet and place along a long sdie edge of your incubator. It will need to be re-wet every few days as you will notice when you candle your eggs.
    When lockdown happens I find it necessary to add 2 or even 3 wet cloths to keep it round the 80 mark.
    Good luck.[​IMG]
     
  9. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    Quote:I did it





    keeping it up
    Hmmmm....I'm on my first hatch, but my goal is to keep it in the 30's% range. Right after I add water to the bowl, it shoots up to almost 50 and that has me a little worried. I feel happier when I see it go back down in the 30's again. Too high humidity in the early days of incubation can cause too much water to build up inside the egg, and the chick drowns when it pips internally. I researched this a ton before I started, and finally decided to go with a lower humidity for incubation and then raise the humidity at lockdown and for hatching. I wouldn't try too hard to keep it near 50% if you are just starting with the hatch, if I were you....

    Do you think 37-40 is ok?​
     
  10. vebyrd36

    vebyrd36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yip this is what I do
     

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