Too much humidity? And pre-incubating egg storage?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by clairabean, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Last few days have been a trial run with newly made incubator. Humidity is up to about 75%, steady. Is this too high for the first 18 days?

    And how do you store your eggs before incubation? I have 6 hens, laying 5 eggs a day, so I need to store the eggs for two- three days to stockpile them.

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  2. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it is to high, I keep mine at 20-25% or lower the 1st 17 days, & 65% on day 18. eggs keep very good in the fridge, just get them up to room temp before loading them in the bator.
     
  3. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    More vent holes should do the trick, yes?
     
  4. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Storage ... I keep mine on an egg turner in the basement (60 - 65*), until I am ready to incubate them.
    Humidity ... I use around 35% the first 18 days, then up to 60 - 65% for the hatch.

    Good luck!
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    75% is definitely too high for most areas. Either reduce the surface area of the water you are using to provide the humidity or increase the ventilation.

    I keep my hatching eggs in the refrigerator until I'm ready to hatch. I turn them at least once a day while they are waiting.
     

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