When to add extra humidity around day 19

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Joy1, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. Joy1

    Joy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been told not to add extra humidity until the first pip ,anyone do any different?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    On day 18 I stop turning and boost the humidity to 70%. If they pip and it is too dry they won't be able to break out.

    Good luck with your hatch.
     
  3. Joy1

    Joy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thankyou.
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I always keep humidity at 40 to 50% first 18 days...19 thru 21....60 to 70%....
     
  5. Joy1

    Joy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you don't wait until the first pip, as I have read elsewhere that too much humidity means they can drown in their shells.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I've never waited till the first pip. I'd say if the humidity was too high for much of incubation, then the air cell will not be large enough and they could drown when they pip into too small a space or no space, but I have great hatches by raising the humidity to 65% or so anytime on Day 18 or 19.
     
  7. Joy1

    Joy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Again thanks for that. I shall raise the humidity tomorrow regardless and hope for the best.
     
  8. Joy1

    Joy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    End of day 21 and still no pips.I am not panicking really!! The temperature mysteriously dropped a little these last few days ,so I presume they could be a little late.
     
  9. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Luck with them. Last hatch I had the all hatched on day 22 & 23. I guess my hova was a little low on temps so I flipped the switch to the next one up. So will see I'm using it to hatch out some frizzles so I'll see how it goes this time around. I have the hova bator 1588 that is pre-set but it must have been off.
     

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