Specifics of Humidity and oxygen on day 18-21

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by marcuscarr, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. marcuscarr

    marcuscarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand that humidity needs to be raised from 40-50% to 60-70% on day 18. I also believe I read that all holes need to be opened to allow more oxygen.

    How do you boost humidity in your bator when the dry air from the holes is working against you?

    Looking for tips and tricks =]

    Marcus
     
  2. cadman68

    cadman68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best thing i have found to use is a damp sponge, it works great for me. I have one that you would wash a car with and have it cut in half to make it thin enough to fit under the wire mesh on the incubator floor. Then on day 18 or so i just pour some water on it and bingo high humidity!
     
  3. marcuscarr

    marcuscarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My initial thought was that there wouldnt be room, but when I take the turner out it should give the space I need to do that. I will pick up a sponge today. Thanks!

    Marcus
     
  4. leecey411

    leecey411 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a newbie too but it was my understanding that you opened the vents after the chicks start hatching. When they hatch the humidity rises because they are wet. Thats why you open the vents to help control the humidity and to help them dry.
     
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  5. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a sponge, too - it works great!!!

    As far as the air holes go - you should plug them as needed to get your humidity up (not all of them - I plug the ones on the top of my bator), then when the chicks start to hatch their wet bodies will help keep humidity in the bator and that's when you should open all the vent holes for extra circulation. Does that make sense?

    Lori
     
  6. cadman68

    cadman68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should increase the humidity on the 18th day prior to hatching, opening the vents increases fresh air(oxygen) which is needed when the chicks begin hatching.

    The increase in humidity is so that the chicks membrane won't dry out while hatching.
     
  7. marcuscarr

    marcuscarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the input. I have a game plan now.

    Marcus
     
  8. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    LOL - I think Leecey, Cadman, and I were all typing our responses at the same time!!!![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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