Well I made myself a bator now I have some questions.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by matlock585, May 15, 2011.

  1. matlock585

    matlock585 Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    White Bluff, TN
    Hi all.
    yesterday I completed my prototype cooler incubator. I've had it running for about 24 hours now and temp is holding steady within about 4-5 degrees. Temp stays according to 2 liquid thermometers, 96-102. My digital says 98-102. Last night I started adding water and playing around with the humidity. I was able to maintain 45-55 very easlily, but before I went to bed I tried closing all my vents adding more water and a wet sponge in front of the light. When I got up this morning my recorded high rh was 68%. So I added even more water and closed my remaing vent. I now have a 73% high reading and it rides about 68-72%. At the higher humidity however, my viewing glass develops condensation.
    Are these temps and humidities in an acceptable range for a successful hatch?

  2. Chriswardens52

    Chriswardens52 Songster

    Apr 21, 2011
    DuckVille Montana
    You might want to get the temp dialed in just a litte more . What are you planning on hatching. Really the thing you want at 99.5 degrees is the inside of the egg . So i have my thermostat to turn on at about 98.4 and off at 101.1 so if you average the two which is 99.8 your golden. I am hatching duck eggs so if you are hatching ducks the humidity is good. But chickens you probly want the humidity to be like 45-50% until lockdown then raise it to 60-75 %. I hope i helped you some:weee

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