what about humidity?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hotredz, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. hotredz

    hotredz New Egg

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    we have borrowed an incubator from our neighbours but it doesn't have a humidity gauge or fan, the heat has been consistent, how bad is this for our peeps? I have a dish of water that i have been keeping full of water for humidity? [​IMG]
     
  2. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Humidity is a greatly discussed issue.
    This is a great thread on it with tons of great info
    I read the entire thing when I was last incubating and it really helped me make good descisions
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=113681&p=1

    You can get a digital humidity and temp display at walmart for about $8
    Search for the threads on how to calibrate it as well
    Good luck
     
  3. Ruditchka

    Ruditchka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't use a hygrometer a few years back and just had a pan of water the whole time under the eggs, changing nothing for the full 21 days and had a great hatch..., maybe 75%, I don't remember exactly though! If you don't measure humidity it doesn't mean you'll have a failed hatch, possibly a lower rate though if window of humidity range is way off. Good Luck!
     
  4. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I highly recommend you put on a pot of coffee and read that Hoss of a thread that mediazeal linked you to, and then go get a hygrometer.

    It will save you a lot of heartache.

    I was having hatch rates of 8-14% before reading that thread, then two consecutive 90% hatches after reading it.
     

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