Urgent help needed!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Glenmar, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    I came home tonight at midnight to lockdown my duck eggs.
    I have a Brinsea ECO 20. All 6 eggs were pipped!!!!!
    I quickly filled the water chambers , but I can't get the humidity about 60.
    It is supposed be 70 for ducks. I have added water with a syringe and straw through
    The vent, but can I open it to add some paper towels?????
  2. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Do you have a clean spray bottle with no chemicals? If so, open and spray the eggs with warm water. Or, a sponge saturated in warm water is a good humidity booster. Happy hatching! As soon as they hatch, the ducklings should boost the humidity too.
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I don't know Glenmar. Try putting "Low humidity and lockdown" or something similar in the title. [​IMG]
  4. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    If you've got water in both channels on the floor of the bator and it's still not getting much above 60%, I think you might have to open the lid and add some paper towels or cloths, spread out flattish over the floor but dipped into the water to wick it up and increase your surface area. If it was chicken eggs, I'd probably say just leave things as they are, but ducklings really do tend to need a higher humidity to zip and hatch. Try to open the bator in a humid room, if you can. A bathroom with the shower running is ideal for this...
  5. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    I actully open my btor pretty often even during lockdown [​IMG] I have eggs at different stages so still need to turn some during lockdown. I watch my humidity really often, and use soked pper towels, custrd dish of wrm water in addition to the water chnnels, and use a spraay bottle to mist a lot (the spary bottle gives a pretty instant humidity boost in my experience)

    It works for me. I just had 8 ducklings hatch with this method...
  6. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    Ok. I misted the eggs. Then opened the bator and added
    some paper towels. The humidity is 70. I could hear them peeping.
    Hopefully they are ok.
  7. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I read somewhere that a maxi pad soaked in water is a good way to raise humidity.[​IMG]
  8. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    Good idea. I am at work now. I instructed a friend to mist when they get to 60% to bring it back up to 70%. Does that sound OK???

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