What does the humidity need to be?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by vortec, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. vortec

    vortec Songster

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    Its day 18. I just candled the eggs and am putting the incubator on lock down. I know the humidity needs to be higher for hatching. Is it 50-60%? I have used the dry hatching method so I have run at 35% or there about for the whole hatching thus far. Need an answer soon. Thanks!

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  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

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    I would shoot for about 65%-70% some people say more some people say less .
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I shoot for 60% to 70%, anywhere in that range I get clean hatches.
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

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    I run mine around 50% for days 1-18 and then increase to around 65% for days 18-21. As long as it's between 60-70, I have clean hatches too.
     
  5. vortec

    vortec Songster

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    Well good news and bad news. The eggs are moving and you can hear faint cheeping, and the temp is holding solid at 101. The bad news...the humidity is down to 35. What do I do?

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  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'd quickly add a couple of wet sponges...or if you don't have any sponges use a wet sock.
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Be sure and use very warm water.
     

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