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Problem w/ Humidity in Desert

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SilverQuail026, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. SilverQuail026

    SilverQuail026 New Egg

    Jun 22, 2015
    Another newbie question that I'm sure will make some of you facepalm, but I really need the help. I've searched everywhere else and can't seem to find the answer, and as I'm anti-social (and live in the middle of nowhere) I don't want to go the feed store just to ask this single question. (Believe me, if I could find the answer on Google without asking and making a fool of myself, I would... T^T)

    So, to all you people who live in hot, arid deserts: How do you keep the humidity up for longer than an hour in your incubators?

    I have a hovabator, with the fan, and I've tried everything I can think of. From soaking napkins with water, and sticking them in there, to using an old humidor humidifier. (The latter object only managed to bump the humidity up to about 25% and I need a 40-45% humidity...) The napkins sort of work, but only for a couple of hours, at most. I don't have the time to continuously refill the incubator every hour, and the only thing that has truly made a difference is stopping the fan all together. (And that's a no-no, I want the fan, obviously)

    So what should I do? What do you all do? Has anyone other than me even had this problem, or am I (or my incubator) just that bad? ^_^"

    Thanks to anyone who can help! (And again, sorry for the, most likely, silly question)
  2. azjustin

    azjustin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2016
    Tucson, AZ
    I feel your pain. I have a Dickey incubator, humidity pan full to the brim, sponge on either side (sticking up, not floating), lightly spraying down the hatching eggs twice a day, and can barely stay above 54% humidity. This is with the back vents open 50%. I have a humidifier running close to the back when hatching, but that doesn't help you.

    I recall a couple of posts here where people have put small mason jars at the corners of their incubator with sponges in them, and able to refill without opening the lid. Also, surface area of water increases the humidity, so keeping any channels full would help?

    I don't use styro incubators but a lot of people do, maybe they can help you a bit more.

    Not a silly question. Search around a bit and you will find your answer.
  3. SilverQuail026

    SilverQuail026 New Egg

    Jun 22, 2015
    Thank you, I'll experiment with what you've told me. It sucks living in a state that sucks every drop of water out of everything, within seconds. XD But I hate cold and wet climates, so I refuse to leave. Hopefully I'll be able to find a solution to my problem soon.

    Thank you again! ^v^

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