They've pipped! ?'s about Hovabator Genesis humidty

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kwack, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. kwack

    kwack Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2009
    Delaware County
    Threeof the six have pipped externally - the one Cayuga, one of two WH and one of three Pekins. One of the Pekins looks like it has stopped.[​IMG] No movement or tapping since last night. It also has a mottled looking shell.
    The other Pekin and WH are still tapping on the shell.

    I can't get our HovaBator Genesis past 75% humidity on the hygrometer. I have filled all the pans and added a sponge in a pan. Should I assume my hygrometer is not accurate?[​IMG]

  2. girlsaint

    girlsaint Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I wish I knew something that could help you- maybe some duck people can chime in
  3. lavenderman

    lavenderman Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 25, 2008
    I am in the same position with a 1588 genesis on day 27. I have 15 pekins and 22 Khaki Campbells starting to hatch. My Humidity is also at 75% which should be lots for a succesful hatch. I did a similar hatch last month and all turned out well.
    Best advice is #1 do not open the bator during the hatch, second most important rule is do not open the bator during the hatch !
    Good Luck.
  4. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Jep I agree, keep an eye on the temperature and be sure that you are getting some vent air in even if the humidity falls. Most newcomers worry too much about the humidity and let the other two slide.~gd
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

    Oct 16, 2008
    you might want to make another vent sized hole in the top away from the wires etc. stuff a paper towel in that hole being careful to not touch the eggs.. wet the towel.
  6. kwack

    kwack Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2009
    Delaware County
    Thanks for the input.

    The temp is 99ish and humidity hovering around 73%.

    There is some condensation forming on the inside of the viewing window. Should I open the vent plug at the top?

    Hovabator Genesis 1588

  7. DeeThomas

    DeeThomas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2009
    buy a windex like bottle that NEVER had anything in it. and spritz them 3 times a day 90+ guarenteeed!
  8. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    I guess I'm the only weirdo that hatches ducks at 60%? I have had very bad luck with sticky chicks when I push it higher than that...
    I just hatched 15 ducks (out of 17) last week at 60% in my genesis....
  9. kwack

    kwack Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2009
    Delaware County
    UPDATE -
    The Cayuga has punched a pretty big hole in it's shell. All the others have small pips. One had a dark spotted interior and hadn't moved or tapped in two days so we removed it from the bator.



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