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Proper Humidity for Goose Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by adrian, May 15, 2009.

  1. adrian

    adrian Songster

    May 12, 2009
    Regina, SK
    Hello everyone,

    From what my searching has reaped, the humidity for goose eggs is often under debate. Some say only 50% during the majority of incubating is adequate, while higher humidities are necessary only during hatching. Some say to lower the humidity during the internal pip, but otherwise keep the humidity high. Some say moderate humidity throughout the entire incubation period is fine. Some say high humidity throughout the incubation period is fine. What we all know is that goose eggs need something more than duck and chicken eggs do; but what is it? I've heard countless stories of goslings drowning in the air cell as there is fluid that has built up inside of it, but I have been told varying theories on when and why this occurs. Does fluid build-up in the air cell occur when humidity is too high in early incubation, or when it is too high during late incubation? And if it is due to high humidity, why do some people have little trouble hatching goslings while they nearly always have the humidity above 60%? Right now, I have goose eggs at day 6 of incubation and I truly don't know whether I should be incubating them at 65% or only 50% humidity.

    I'm curious to know how to prevent babies from dying due to what I have been told is aspiration of air cell fluid, while still keeping the humidity high enough to prevent the membranes from drying out.

    So, what have you all experienced?
    Last edited: May 15, 2009

  2. Kennyog

    Kennyog Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Oak Grove
  3. NancyP

    NancyP Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Good question. I have been finding the same thing and being confused too. My goose eggs are on day 5.
  4. adrian

    adrian Songster

    May 12, 2009
    Regina, SK
    I'm now on day 7. I don't know exactly what % I should be using but I'm trying to keep it within the "acceptable" realm...

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