Thinking about Icubating.....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by barred-rocks-rock, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    How do you control humidity?
     
  2. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    Melbourne,Ky.
    add water to raise humidity and get rid of water to lower it.buy a hygrometer so you can monitor it.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yep, you control it by the surface area that the water is exposed to air in the bator. More surface area, greater relative humidity. You measure it with a hydrometer or through the use of wet bulb/dry bulb readings.
     
  4. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    I think i will use a styrofoam cooler, and put a light in. I will put the eggs on wire, and have a dish under them with water. if the humidity gets to high, how do i lower it?
     
  5. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    you could partly cover the dish of water with tin foil to slow evaporation.
     
  6. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You also need to have high and low ventilation holes -- and you can control humidity somewhat by allowing more air to pass through the vents (uncovering or covering them more).
     
  7. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    Thank You!
     

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