Useing Papertowls While In Lockdown

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KalikoFarms, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. KalikoFarms

    KalikoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    My husband and I are having a BIIIIIIIGGGGGGGG disagreement about using papertowels while in lockdown. Please will someone comment on this subject. I have read that its okay and he says its not.
  2. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    I've always used wet paper towels to up the humidity for lockdown... never had any issues.

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    I was told that they are the best.
  4. crazyeggs

    crazyeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2011
    I have used them. I had no trouble the first time around but the second I had a bad time. I am not sure if the towels sucked all the fluid from the pipped eggs and dried them out or not. The first time I had no shrink wrapped eggs but a lot the second. I say do whatÂ’s best for you, it may work for some and not others
  5. ftwchopper

    ftwchopper Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 31, 2009
    woodstock connecticut
    I use paper towels in my sportsman to line the hatching trays.Have had great hatches and easy cleanup....
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    I used rolls of paper towels in baby food jars to up the humidity, Is this what you are talking about? Or as a liner under the eggs for easier clean up?

    I wish I had remembered to place the paper towels under the eggs before hatching for easier clean up!

    I had no trouble getting the humidity into the 90% RH (turkey) and I bet if you put in the liner and keep the humidity up to accommodate the saturating of the liner also, you should be fine maintaining the humidity level you want.

  7. KalikoFarms

    KalikoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    Ya'll know by now I am new at this so what is shrink wraping? All that comes to my mind is the selofan wrap for food. LOL
  8. mathesonfarm

    mathesonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2010
    New York
    Quote:You've got it...just around a chick instead of food. I guess its caused from a drop in humidity, although, I didnt have any drops (that I know of) and I didnt open my bator but I still got a chick that was shrink-wrapped. He is doing ok, so far, but keep your fingers crossed for him/her [​IMG]
    About the paper towels...I love them. I bunch them up and put them in the canals on the bottom and fill it up with water. I also line the bator and it makes for a WONDERFUL, QUICK and EASY clean-up :0) I also put a couple of dry pieces of sponge on the floor, in case I have to add some more water. Since you cant open the bator during lockdown, I take a straw that bends and feed it through the vent holes on top to add water when needed. So, keep that in mind when you are placing your sponges, try to do it under the vent holes, or at least where you can get to them. Good luck
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

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