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Soft or hard water for humidity?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by phasianidae, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2010
    I recently purchased a GQF 1502 incubator with the automatic five gallon pail. Should I use soft or hard water?


  2. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I use distilled water simply because we have very hard well water (lots of limestone and iron in it) and I hate to have to clean off hard water deposits..

    so I went with the idea of using distilled water (like you would use in a steam iron).. figured that wouldn't leave behind any hard water deposits for me to have to scrub out later on
  3. OldChurchEggery1

    OldChurchEggery1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2011
    That is sound advice.
  4. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    I use filtered water for the same reason. Distilled water is a bit costly over here.
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    it depends a lot on your well water

    ours is high in limestone and iron.. so I wouldn't wash the eggs or spray them with our water because the gunk would clog up the pores (not to mention washing the bloom off the eggs... )
    Also I suspect since our well is ancient that the bacteria count is a bit high

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