temp & humidity question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 14 chickens & counting, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. 14 chickens & counting

    14 chickens & counting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got 16 eggs ready to go in my HB "circulating air" incubator. My temp is 100 and humidity at 63........Is this OK?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Everybody's humidity may be different, but for the most part, the range for the first 18 days should be between 40% and 50%. Up to 63% is good for lockdown, the last 3 days. I think a still air 'bator needs 100.5 and a forced air 'bator needs 99.5 temps.
     
  3. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All good - the humidity may be a bit high for the start of incubation - you would be better with 45 to 50% & kick it up to 65% for the last 3 days or so & during the hatch.

    You want some of the water in the egg to evaporate during the next 3 weeks - it makes room for the chick.
     
  4. 14 chickens & counting

    14 chickens & counting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank for the info...looks like i"ll be cutting the temp down and opening a vent/or getting rid of some water to get the humidity down....Thanks again
     
  5. Flashy2003

    Flashy2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:How important is the stability of the humidity for the first 18? The reason I ask is mine was at %55. So I added marbles to the water to reduce surface area. Now its lower but as it evaporates it moves around. It goes between 40 and 50% a day. Is this fluctuation ok untill lock down?
     
  6. rockinpaints

    rockinpaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, humidity is a bit high for the beginning. I keep my humidity a little lower than most....35 to 40 in the beginning and 50-60 during lockdown. [​IMG] Good Luck!
     
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:How important is the stability of the humidity for the first 18? The reason I ask is mine was at %55. So I added marbles to the water to reduce surface area. Now its lower but as it evaporates it moves around. It goes between 40 and 50% a day. Is this fluctuation ok untill lock down?

    Yup, the range between 40 & 50 is fine, doesn't need to stay absolutely stable, just not fall below very often or rise above for any great length of time.
     
  8. Flashy2003

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    Yup, the range between 40 & 50 is fine, doesn't need to stay absolutely stable, just not fall below very often or rise above for any great length of time.

    Greyeyes, your so smart. Thanks​
     

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