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water tray in LG question. Any experienced people please add tips. :)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lovemychix, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the bottom there is a middle trough and two on the outside of that one. Do I fill them all with water or just some of it? could use experienced people with this bator. First time using this one.
    My temps are staying steady I just worry about humidity. Thanks.
     
  2. babymakes6

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    Don't worry about the humidity for the first 18 days-just keep it low. After that, fill the rings (all 3) and cover them a little if the humidity goes too high. Happy hatching!
     
  3. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have all of them filled a little now. Is that too much? Ahhhhh!!! I'm a wreck over this. I ran a bator about 10 yrs ago in my classroom. I turned it on left it and all hatched. This time I have some special eggs and I'm even dreaming about something going wrong. [​IMG] Anxiety. Usually I just give them to my broody hens but I don't have one when I wanted one. [​IMG]
    By the way it's a still air and my temp is just right and I have my thermometer on top of the eggs at 101.5. [​IMG]
     
  4. babymakes6

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    What is the humidity at?
     
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    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a guage yet. Plan on getting one tonight. I have to drive to nearest town to get one.
     
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    Take a deeeeeep breath.........there...feel better? [​IMG] With BYC on your side, you will do just fine! When did you put the eggs in? I would say just leave it alone and get your hygrometer put in there today or tomorrow, then adjust it as needed. Do a search for "dry hatch." My last hatch is 5 days old. I got three healthy chicks from one dozen refrigerated, washed eggs that had 2 roosters with 140 hens!!! The other 9 eggs were not fertile. I kept mine between 30-35% for the first 18 days, then raised it to about 50-they hatched on day 19! [​IMG]
    What kind of eggs do you have?
     
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    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I won the auction of [email protected]@2four. I got some very nice silkies from her Show birds. [​IMG]
    I set them yesterday at 1:00 pm.
    I'm just a worry wart I guess. [​IMG]
    Thanks so much for the help. When I get that guage in there I will post humidity.
    I have researched a lot and heard of the dry hatch? What exactly is that? NO water in there at all??
     
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    You won the EXPENSIVE eggs! [​IMG] Okay-I would be worried too! Lol!


    ETA: just add water if the humidity drops to 25% or lower [​IMG]
     
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  9. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I get that guage at Walmart? I'm pretty limited to what I can buy around here. We have no shopping. One that works on outside humidity.
     
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    Yes, I really like the white Precision (I think that is what it's called!). I have two like that and they are pretty accurate. They are also the cheapest!
     

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