temp and humidity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by quailresearcher, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. quailresearcher

    quailresearcher Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2013
    I know there's a thread somewhere that answers my question but I can't find it. What temprand humidity do you need in your incubator? How do I keep same humidity when water evaporates?
  2. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2013
    waverly ohio
    temp and humidity varies depending on what type of bird your hatching.

    for chickens, quail, and turkeys:
    temps - still air 101, forced air 99.5 dont worry if the temp drops just a little, but try to keep it below 102. - hens cant keep it perfect either.

    humidity - through incubation period 35%-50%, if you can let it run at 50% and dry out for a couple of hours. replace water as needed. open your incubator 15 minutes a day, the fresh air does them good.
    during your hatch period (last 3 days) raise the humidity to 45%-60%. if you have to open your incubator to replenish the water, mist the eggs lightly with warm (close to 99 degrees f) water.

    turn a minimum of 3 times a day.
    use cartons to hold eggs upright if shipped. big end up- this helps aid in correcting displaced air cells.

    incubation times
    standard fowl 21 days
    bantams 18-19 days up to 21 days

    turkeys typically 28 days

    quail varies - pharoah quail 18 days - bobwhite quail 23 days

    edited to fix error.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013

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