what should the humidity be for chicken eggs is 70% to high?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bock, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HELP! I just received 10 chicken eggs from murray mcmurray and the humidity is insisting on staying at 70%-72% is that to high ? Is my hatch ruined?[​IMG]
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thats a bit high.
    What kind of bator do you have?
    I dont think its ruined , but we should work on getting it down a little.
    Is youre humidity guage acurate?
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Yes, that's too high. Don't give up on them yet though, but open the incubator and let some of that out. Might need to keep the vent plug or two out for a bit until it gets stabilized. Ideally it should be under 50%, between the 37-47% range. If you can, wick up some of the water with a paper towel.
     
  4. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah that sounds a little high.
    Every one has their favorite incubation humidity, here's mine:
    40-50% for days 1-17
    60-70 % for days 18- to the end of your hatch.
    You need to experiment to find which works best for you.
    Also, calibrate your hygrometer.
    Here's a great step by step site to help you:
    http://exoticpets.about.com/od/herpresources/ss/hygrometer.htm
    Good luck on your hatch!
    Carolyn
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am currently using a little giant forced air incubator.[​IMG]
     
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Im useing a LG still air and it really hasnt been that bad. [​IMG]

    Well can you pull out both the red plugs that should help with humidity?
    How much water is in there?
     
  7. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just took out all of the water with a turkey baster but the humidity just keeps on getting higher. At one point it was 76% humidity, I am using a sprigfeild percise temp I bought on ebay and it reads 50% humidity in the room the incubator is in so I think it is correct.I am so confused![​IMG]
     
  8. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    GREAT news! I opened the vent plugs and let some air out, now it is at 60% humidity and is still warming up but is at98.8 degrees!Thank you so much,have a wonderful day![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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