Still air incubator/dry incubation question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PeakyBeaky, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. PeakyBeaky

    PeakyBeaky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a still air incubator-that has been horrible to use. I plan on trying a "dry incubation", to see if it helps our hatch rates at all-but..what temperature should I use? The article in BYC for dry incubation, said for still air to use 101, but the instructions for the bator said 99.5. Any thoughts/suggestions?
     
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  2. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well what are your egg symptoms? Do they make it to lockdown then quit? Do they not develop at all? Do you have an egg turner? What's your humidity?
    My sister incubates in a still air hovabator. I believe she runs 101-102° she also hand turns them. She gets good hatches out of it to... so there is hope for you! [​IMG]
     
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  3. PeakyBeaky

    PeakyBeaky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a turner and the temp is consistent at 99.5...I think the humidity was the trouble. All the eggs have been fertile and developed, but it seems by halfway-they stop. We only check at day 7 then day 17 before lockdown.
     
  4. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah try the dry method. I tried it once in my LGs and had the best hatch rates I could get in them doing it. I think keeping you humidity at 60% in lockdown is important...
    I run 38-45% in incubation and 60% in lockdown and it seems to work for me here.
     
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  5. PeakyBeaky

    PeakyBeaky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! I'll keep my fingers crossed!
     
  6. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck! Maybe someone else will chime in to... [​IMG]
     
  7. PeakyBeaky

    PeakyBeaky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else?
     
  8. Garrisonkidsduo2

    Garrisonkidsduo2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to try that to. I have had 7 eggs due and I have been running at 97 to 99, it seems that if I get passed 99 it jumps to 108. Mine have all made it to lockdown but only 2 out of 7 have hatched. I raised the humility to 80 or 95 percent like I read but it isn't helping none.
     
  9. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

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    Ok I don't understand the difference between dry incubation and still air incubation? Can anyone help me out? [​IMG]
     
  10. sixshooter60

    sixshooter60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Dry incubation is using little to no water until lockdown running 35 to 45% then goint to about 65% at lockdown .. Still air incubation is using a bator with no fan to cirrulate the air all it has is the vents to use to move air..with a still air bator the temp should be about 101 the humidity should be the same either with or without a fan whether tou dry incubate or not.. hope this helps
     

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