Upping Sportsman humidity question - going out of town day 18

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LilRalphieRoosmama, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Today is day 17 for my eggs in the sportsman incubator. I have to go out of town for the day tomorrow morning and unless I get up super early, won't have the time I'd like to increase the humidity and monitor it before I go. This is my first hatch in this incubator so I don't know how long it takes to get up there or how many wick pads I'll need to use. Would I be ok setting the eggs in the hatcher this evening instead of tomorrow morning or would I take a big chance in harming the chicks? If it makes any difference, the eggs were set in the evening so I am calculating the following day as day 1.
     
  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    high put it in the back, not as much front, I keep mine in the front and get around 50% bur the room I have it in is on the dry side.

    you can set chicks for hatching as early as day 16 with no problem
     
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  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

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    Oct 15, 2007
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    Is that with one or two wick pads in there or none at all? I didn't know you could set them day 16 - thank you SO much.
     
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    one, this year is the first year i've used the pads, becouse my incubator is in the living room, and we have a wood burner
     
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

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    Oct 15, 2007
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    OK thanks. I think I'll put them in late this afternoon so I have plenty of time to monitor. Mine's in the basement where it averages 38% in the room so I might need two.

    I do have more eggs in there that have a week left to go. If I up the humidity for the ones in the hatcher, will it affect the rest if it's just for a few days?
     
  6. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    they should be OK, I'd still use only one they recommend 2 for ducks, your humidty could get to high and thats not good.
     
  7. LilRalphieRoosmama

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    Will-do. Thank you again! I was starting to panic.
     
  8. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    Just remember, its a natural thing, its different every time, mama chicken just goes with the flow and so should we all. [​IMG]
     
  9. chickedydoodaa

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    You have to take it with you wherever you go hook it up to a car battery, you must not let it out of your sight, mine goes everywhere with me...the gym, shopping, I even sleep in the same bed with it [​IMG]
     
  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

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