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Setting bator up for first batch...can't get humidity right!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by armyturner, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. armyturner

    armyturner In the Brooder

    Nov 25, 2008
    I am trying to get a LG bator ready for its first batch of eggs. It is a still air model w/turner. I have the temps stable at about 99.5 at the level of the turner and 101 at the level that the top of the eggs will be. I can't seem to get the humidity above 40% though. All of the water troughs are full. Could my little inexpensive hygrometer be off, or do I need do do something else to raise the humidity. The incubator is inside on my kitchen cabinet, which is one of the moste stable rooms in the house as far as heat goes. Any input is appreciated as I will have some eggs ready to go in it in a day or two.

  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
  3. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    You can calibrate your hygrometer, just to make sure it is correct. I don't remember exactly how, but I'm pretty sure you can find a post on it. Once you it is accurate, you can increase humidity by putting in something, such as a wet sponge or paper towel.
    Hope this helps a little. I don't have an LG, so hopefully, someone with more experience with these can add suggestions.

    ETA...Yes, you don't want hum any higher during the first 18 days.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 30, 2008
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Make a paste of salt and water and put it in a baggie. Put the hygrometer in the baggie, and leave it there for at least 8 hours. It should read 75% after 8 hours, if not then you know how much it is off.

    I had a lot of trouble getting my humidity to rise in my LG before I added the fan. Now I just barely add any water and it shoots through the roof. I think it has something to do with it being still air, and depends on where you have the hygrometer placed at. I wouldn't worry about it until hatch time. 40% is ok for incubation. You would need to add a small dish with a sponge in it to get the humidity to go up for the hatch. Good luck!

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