water bottles in incubator to simulate eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rorie, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Rorie

    Rorie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm testing out an incubator but the humidity is all over the place. It has been suggested on other threads i've read to try an simulate the eggs by adding water bottles.

    what exactly does this mean?! Do i get a 500ml bottle, fill it with water and shove it in the incubator or what?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I've actually not heard that. Have no idea what it would mean.

    What people do with bottles and jugs of water in incubator is create a heat sink. A large mass that once heated to a temperature will not lose or gain heat quickly. This stabilizes temperature in your incubator.

    What are you using to create humidity in incubator? If it's something that dries out quick then change to deeper dishes of water. Humidity is caused by amount of water surface area. To raise it add more surface by adding another pan or glass or lower by changing to smaller pan. Your humidity will stabilize to what you want.
     
  3. Rorie

    Rorie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the reply. I had unstable temp and humidity, so someone replied suggesting i add water bottles. I must have misundertood.

    My temp is now stable, but humidity is not. Its an octagon 10 i have. It has two water troughs and says to get 50%, add water to one trough and cover one of the two vent holes. This doesnt create enough humidity though.

    The idea of putting in wet cloth or sponges - where do i put them? In the trough surely wont make a difference? If not there, will it not be resting up against the eggs when i put them in?

    If i put water in both troughs and shut both vents, then how will i get the humidity high for the later part of the eggs development?
     

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