It is the only way I can get a hatch- You use no added water - I monitor Temp not humidity -
I have not followed the normal hatching rules in 4 years - I put them in the turner and do not turn it off they hatch right in the turner -
my hatch is about 85 on shipped 90 % on my own -
No added water during incubation. I'm trying it this time around, the last several hatches I've had terrible results and the very last batch I lost 60% of the ones who made it to lock down to drowning.
well, the reason why i ask is cuz my eggs will be here on thursday. i've hatched before....but that was when i was a teen.....22 yrs ago!!! i know i used water during the whole process, but it was SO long ago i can't remember my hatch rates. but what's the physiological stuff that goes on inside the shell i wonder? so if i were to do the dry method.....only add water when lockdown begins? and open the vent hole i'm assuming? thanks guys!
https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-DryIncubation.html Read this post, it tells about it and how to do it. I am using an LG with automatic turner, I am kinda combining the two putting water in the center ring only which is allowing my humidity to come up to 40% then let it dry out which I know it is when its down in the 20's. Hope this helps answer your questions.
ok, i just read that whole article about dry incubation.....how informative! i think i'm gonna do like u were talking about.....compromise a bit and just add a bit of water here and there....i don't have a device to measure my humidity though.....
I wish I could tell you... My first Dry Incubation ended with power outtage just before hatch, lost everybody. I could see the little feathers through the egg shell. Next time there won't be no blizzard, dang it!
You can buy an Accurite digital hygrometer/thermometer at Wal-Mart for $8. If you do this make sure you callibrate it by following these instructions http://exoticpets.about.com/od/herpresources/ss/hygrometer.htm. I have two the temps was on track but the humidity was off by 8% and 10% So far, my air cell is right on track and I have not had any quitters. What kind of incubator are you using?