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What is Dry* incubation?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by adroit14, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. adroit14

    adroit14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard of dry incubation, But never say an article that explaned it good. What is dry incubation? Should I do it?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Dry incubation is when you incubate eggs in an incubator and keep the humidity level at a low level, often without adding any extra water to the incubator.
    This is a good article that covers just about everything you could ever want to know about hatching.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
    This a good thread with lots of info about humidity and hatching duck eggs.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/715902/humidity-for-hatching-duck-eggs
    This one is about geese, but is applicable to ducks.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/491013/goose-incubation-hatching-guide-completed
     
  3. adroit14

    adroit14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is dry incubation effective?
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    It can be, but when it comes to waterfowl, it's not recommended to do a completely dry incubation. Different incubation methods work better for different kinds of incubators and in different climates. There's really no way to know if dry incubation will work best for you and your setup until you try it. With dry incubation, there is a chance that you go too low on the humidity and end up with sticky or shrink wrapped chicks.
     
  5. adroit14

    adroit14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh ok. I'm just gonna do regular incubation. Thanks
     

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