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What are your tips and tricks to getting the humidity up during lock down?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stone_family3, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying to figure out a way to get my humidity up and stay up during lock down. I have a homemade forced air incubator.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    lots of surface area helps me, putting sponges in the water containers. I also use hot water which evaporates quicker.
     
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two pans with sponges in it currently and it's only up to 21%. I'll try the hot water.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

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    I've also used those Jiffy seed starting discs which are basically compressed peat. They soak up the water and fill a small container providing lots of surface area.
     
  5. Jed

    Jed Out Of The Brooder

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    You may need to seal your incubator up more. If you have to many vents open or air leaks, you will not be able to increase the humidity.
     
  6. AngelaPenny

    AngelaPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had little dishes with sponges for the first 18 days and stayed below 50%, and at lockdown I used a dampened hand towel, just spread out in one corner.. It got my humidity up to 70-75%.
     
  7. Backwoods Bntms

    Backwoods Bntms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use an aquairium air pump and an airstone in the water. all those bubbles will raise the humidity.

    jj
     
  8. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll definately try the damp hand towel.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

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    Another option is to put trays of water and houseplants around the incubator to raise ambient humidity.
     
  10. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked calibration on hygrometer.maybe its way off?...cva34
     

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