What's the best way to raise humidity in a homemade incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stitch81, May 29, 2011.

  1. stitch81

    stitch81 Chirping

    May 23, 2011
    I have a homemade incubator that while running sits at 100 degrees with 35-40% humidity. When not running it is 72 degrees with 70% humidity. I already have a pan of water in there (that gives me the 35-40% humidity when running at 100 degrees). What is the best way to up the humidity level to 70% for lockdown? Do sponges help release more water into the air than just a pan of water?
  2. Batty about Banties

    Batty about Banties Songster

    Feb 12, 2011
    I was told a warm wet paper towel.....Good Luck
  3. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    As well as having water in base of my incubator I use wet sponges the last few days of incubation and it does seem to rise the humidity. god luck.
  4. smoothmule

    smoothmule Crowing

    Apr 12, 2008
    Buffalo, Missouri
    I use my styrofoam incubator as a hatcher and maintain the lower humidity in the incubator that has the fan and the turner. In the hatcher, (it has no fan so the humidity is more stable and no turner) I put some of that waffle weave, rubbbery drawer liner over the wire floor and I have a couple of plastic bowls that I put warm water in to increase humidity. When the eggs are 3 or 4 days from hatching, I candle them and put the good ones in the hatcher that maintains 99.5 to 100.5 degrees and 65 to 75 % humidity. The day of hatching I sprinkle the drawer liner with a little warm water if the humidity isn't at least 70%. When they are pipped and zipping, I take one plug out. When they are mostly zipped out, I remove the water bowls and take the other plug out to increase oxygen and decrease humidity so they fluff/dry off nice. It's important to remove the water because of the hazard for a rambunctious chick to fall in and drown.
  5. stitch81

    stitch81 Chirping

    May 23, 2011
    Quote:So, upon lockdown, I should turn off the fan? With the fan going, it seems 48% is about as high as I can get it.

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