very humid weather, what to do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fahad, May 28, 2010.

  1. fahad

    fahad Out Of The Brooder

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    hello,

    I just built my first incubator out of a cardboard box [​IMG]

    The humidity here (Karachi, Pakistan) is about 70%.

    I've read that you should have 55 to 60% humidity.

    how do i bring it down. Help!
     
  2. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As the air heats inside it will affect humidity, you need to get a hygrometer to measure it, I got a cheap dial one for just a few euros. I run my incubator at 55-58% days 1 to 18 and as high as I can for the last three, usually about 70-80%
     
  3. fahad

    fahad Out Of The Brooder

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    I switched on my incubator without eggs, and after a few hours the humidity inside is 66% ... I have a TIMEX digital hygrometer i bought from amazon.com .. I still dont understand how to get the humidity down to 55%. confused.
     
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  4. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If You Have A Basin Of Water, Take It Out, If Not A Few Silca Crystals ( The Kind You Get In New Shoes Or Handbags/luggage Bags) Will Take Some Moisture From The Air, But It Should Be Ok As It Is
     
  5. bikermom

    bikermom New Egg

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    Quote:Need to remeber that... Good advice...
     
  6. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I meant Silica

    They ARE toxic, so keep in the little paper packets and keep them in a dry spot. When taken out, throw them away.

    Did you calibrate the hygrometer? I do mine evry time I set an new batch of eggs, even though I used the same one before.
     
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  7. fahad

    fahad Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks, i'll use silica packets and see how it goes.

    This may sound stupid but how do you caliberate a hygrometer? I just took mine out of the box and put a battery in it.
     
  8. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wrap it in a damp cloth, just wet enough not to drip, leave for ten minutes. It should then read 98%. That's the instructions fo rmine anyway. Calibrate it first before setting any eggs or using silica
     
  9. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Fahad,
    Click on the link at the bottom of my post and it shows a method to calibrate your hygrometer.
    Carolyn
     

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