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~Question about humidity and quail

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Incukahlan, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Incukahlan

    Incukahlan Out Of The Brooder

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    Hatching -QUAIL- eggs

    Alright, so my husband just bought me a LG 10300(the one with fan) and I have yet to use it. My plan is to try my hand at quail eggs(for the first time) though I've done other types of eggs in other home made incubators. So I plugged in the incubator today to see what kind of numbers I'm working with. Going to set around 49 eggs within the week. I am planning on a dry hatch(until lock down). My problem is with no water in the water reservoirs my humidity is bouncing from 63 down to 48, but is very unpredictable. I took out both red plugs to see if I could get it down any and while it did come down from the 60s, I don't like the fact that it seems like I'm not going to be able to control my humidity, even with no water. We live in Phoenix, AZ btw, so yes we are humid to begin with, but I'm at a loss as how to lower my humidity. Not going to be able to purchase a dehumidifier for my living room either. From what I understand, though everyone's opinion seems to differ in the matter, quail need 40% humidity in the beginning, then 65% for lock down. Does anyone have success with different numbers? Or suggestions on how to keep my humidity down for the first portion of hatch? It's so much easier with duck eggs because we always have luck with more humidity, and always get a 100% hatch rate. I've never had to worry about lowering humidity. But again, I've never used this incubator, and never hatched quail eggs. Anyone with experience either hatching quail, or tips and tricks with incubators in general, please feel welcome to tell me your life story! Lol. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. chicapee

    chicapee Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Are you using the hygrometer that is built in to the incubator? If so,they can be inaccurate. It may be an idea to get another hygrometer and calibrate it using the salt test. I lived in Phoenix and it was pretty dry. I am now in Mississippi where it is very humid and the humidity in my 2 incubators are 25 - 30% running dry. I would also double check the accuracy of the thermometer and use a calibrated one. Best of luck!
     
  3. Incukahlan

    Incukahlan Out Of The Brooder

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    The thermo hygrometer that I typically use whacked out at the end of my last hatch, so I need to get a replacement for comparison to the incubator numbers. I just wanted to start it up today to get an idea of what kind of adjustments I'll need to make over the next few days while I wait for my egg supply to accumulate from my girls.
     

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