Whats your secreat to humidity?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cgjsmith, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all I'm having the worse time with humidity!! I can't get it to stableize it either goes way high or way low. I have the botttom of the bator with water in it. (it has a plastic liner) and I get up the next morning and its at %25 percent again. do i need to add water twice a day? C
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'd wonder if your gauge is haywire.
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I have two hygrometers in my bator...

    I add a little water once a day and my humidity sticks between 45 and 50% - now and then it will drop a little below 45 but I don't think thats a huge deal.

    Check your incubator for big holes or cracks or something - is it new? does it close up nice and tight?
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have a couple suggestions...you can buy anothe hygrometer to verify it is reading accurately and if so, I would add a humidifier to your incubator room. I have had to use humidifiers during very dry seasons here. Also, make sure there isn't a leak in your liner. Humidity is measured by water surface..as long as the water surface stays consistent, your humidity level should as well.

    Jody
     
  5. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    O.K. I out in a pint of water last night to start up my bator. should I still add water every day ??
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    What kind of bator are you using and do you have a gauge? I've never put in a whole pint of water at one time.....even at the end to raise the himidity level.
     
  7. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    don't know!!!It is grey plastic with a clear top and 4 red plugs i the top It is round. and I don't have a gauge. I will get one this weekend when I go to town. do I need to get some of that water out of there???
     
  8. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I gave up hatching with a bator and just use broodys now. I found that with air conditioning in hot weather and gas heat in cold, I could not maintain a good humidity level and suffered through the heartbreak of a veeery low hatch rate and many of those that did hatch had severe birth defects. I've never had either problem with a broody. I even went so far as to borrow a Sportsman. Even with the pan with wicks in it and the fan blowing across it, it would not maintain humidity above about 30%. I used two hygrometers, tried adding wet washrags hanging off the shelves, everything I & BYC could think of but in the end just gave up because of the birth defects. So I blame my problems on the extreme low humidity I live with. Even if I had a place outside to put my bator, that wouldn't work because of temp problems. I hope you can figure out what to do, maybe you will be able to help me. [​IMG]
     
  9. Nu2Chicks

    Nu2Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Beckyla,

    I say GOOD 4 YOU! In the long run, nobody does it better than nature, and artificial incubation is just that IMHO....artificial. We can only TRY to duplicate what nature does and often fall short.

    I bet you get better hatches than using AI. Plus, think of the satisfaction your hen has, to be able to sit her eggs and see her babies hatch. [​IMG]
     
  10. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Take a picture of your incubator and post here, we can help identify it. [​IMG]

    I'm having trouble with humidity too (more on being too high than too low), but I'm hoping it doesn't really hurt anything. As far as I can tell, the hatchlings are developing nicely. Tomorrow is day 14 for me.
     

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