Please share any tips tricks to rasie humidity in LG incubator. Today is lockdown!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Wjeffgriggs, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Wjeffgriggs

    Wjeffgriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Today is lockdown day and I need to get the humidity up to 65% in my LG incubator. I have filled all the resivors, added a folded water saturated rag, and a regular size bowl with a sponge. It will not budge past 51%. I must be doing something wrong? In the house the humidity is 25-30%
     
  2. rednana9

    rednana9 Out Of The Brooder

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    Try putting some tape over the holes in the top
     
  3. Wjeffgriggs

    Wjeffgriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought during lockdown and hatch all the holes need to be open for oxygen?
     
  4. Jed

    Jed Out Of The Brooder

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    Too much ventilation will not allow the humidity to build up inside the incubator.
     
  5. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

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    I am having this problem as well. I can get mine up to 30% but with lots of water. I am having a harder time trying to maintain at night. I have a humidifier in the room which I am going to try. Maybe one would help you out.
     
  6. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    blocking the air holes is a good way to have chicks die from carbon dioxide buildup if there are too many chicks and the bator remains closed with no air exchange.. which is why it's recommended that the vent holes be OPEN during hatch
    if you only have a small amount of chicks hatching in a large bator you may be fine blocking the holes.. however I would never recommend it since chicks need air to breathe

    to increase humidity you need to increase the surface area of the water.. if you've done that and your hygrometer is still reading low.. then chances are pretty good that the hygrometer needs to be calibrated...
    usually for a LG bator all you need to do is add a jar of water with a sponge sticking out of it to act as a wick and to increase the surface area ... if in doubt use two.. but I have never seen anyone need more than that to easily get the humidity up high enough for hatch
     
  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    which is why the vent holes are small.. they allow enough air exchange to prevent carbon dioxide poisoning in chicks however they are small enough as to not interfere with humidity buildup
     
  8. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Sounds like whatever is reading your humidity is off. Do not plug up the holes. I have used probably 7 or 8 different hygrometers in my time, and not a one was accurate, anywhere from 5 to 20 points off. I eventually threw them all out, and I now use nothing. On day 18 I just fill the channels in the incubator, close the lid, wait 3 days and voila! chicks. Dont forget, once they start hatching the humidity will rise on its own from the wet chicks, so its very easy to overdo the humidity.
     
  9. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Calibrate your hygrometer with a salt test.

    Fill a bottle cap with salt and add a few drops of water until a stiff paste consistency. Then place cap and hygrometer in a zip lock bag, wait four or more hours: it should read 70%; however much it's off is your calibration. The amount of moisture your adding is a lot so unless your in the dessert I'd say your hygrometer is off.
     
  10. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Actually, everything Ive read says the hygrometer should read 75% after calibrating.
     

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