Question about using sponges to get humidity up.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MindenFencesFarms, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. MindenFencesFarms

    MindenFencesFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't know if I am over thinking this, but don't sponges carry alot of bacteria? How safe is it to us them in the incubator? And what kind do you get. Just a thought I had and want to know your feelings on this.

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    Last edited: Jun 6, 2008
  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    You know, I have a sponge in a large soap dish in my bator, but the recommendation from most professional sites say that the area of the water should be about 1/2 the area of the incubator. When I candle next I'm going to take the sponge out for just the same reason as you mentioned. Also, I have a homemade Miss Prissy 'bator and I started squirting water with a syringe (you could use a turkey basting syringe) into the bottom of the bator (the wire, etc. is about 2 inches above) and since doing that I've had NO problem keeping my humidity exactly where it needs to be. When it drops below about 47% I add a couple more syringes of water in the bottom.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use sponges laid in a butter dish to get the humidity up for hatching all the time...But I never reuse one. When that hatch is done it goes in the trash....or into the utility room to use in that sink. I agree they probably would be a haven for bacteria if you reuse them.
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I use sponges and never reuse mine either....
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Always use a CLEAN new sponge in your bator and you will be fine. [​IMG]
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I use sponges to keep the humidity up. Use a brand new sponge. It is also a good idea to wet the sponge and microwave it for a couple miniutes to kill bacteria.
     
  7. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
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    Quote:That's a good idea, but I bought brand new sponges just to use for hatching, then I will trash them.
     

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