setting humidity by weight loss of eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Backyard Farm, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

    Apr 1, 2009
    I have been setting humidity by weight loss of eggs.

    I have been trying for .6% loss each day (20 days x .6 = 12). I was calculating on 20 days because I was thinking that day 18 to 21 probably don't use a lot because of increased humdity setting ( 50 - 60%)

    Does this sound like good thinking?

    what does anyone else do?
  2. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Bumping this. Can anyone help?
  3. Dirt Road

    Dirt Road Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Southern Idaho
    Your thinking is fine, although I believe 13% is considered ideal. They can hatch with a greater weight loss, up to around 16%. I always shoot for 13, and consider it better for them to lose a little more than a little less. Unless the eggs are very valuable, it's easier to just weigh them every 4 or 5 days and calculate the accumulated loss.

  4. coyote_hunter

    coyote_hunter New Egg

    Apr 14, 2009
    I just got a digital scale for weighing my eggs. Paid about $9 off ebay. Cut some quilt batting and cut a hole in it to keep egg from rolling. Works great.[​IMG] Alot easier , cheaper and more accurate the "egg scale type". Due get the 1000g versues the 500. Really cool for my quail eggs..[​IMG]

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