Humidity is most important over the course of incubation, to allow the eggs to loose enough moisture, but not dry them out too much. Now if it's truly that high, then yes, I would try to bring it down. We ended up losing overc10 chicks that had started pecking their way out but died before they were able to hatch. Her other daughter lays light brown eggs. If it reads 25% HUmidity when dry then don't add water. I had to take my son to a dr’s appointment so I couldn’t assist for a few hours. Maybe increasing the temperature as well? I also bought a small digital humidity reader that I placed inside the hatcher (just as a double confirmation of the reading). Once I used 3. Too late? "Dry" incubation has become a very popular method of incubation, especially in the styrofoam bators. BTW this is my first chicken hatch. After a few hatches I stopped doing the early quitter eggtopsies. Hi Tammy. Humidity is staying around 25%. If you have any advice I would really appreciate the help. My husband has been keeping an eye on things. Also, how do you fluctuate humidity in this scenario? As for turning the second set of eggs. Have a great night :). Lost all but one chick. I can usually achieve 70-75% with the wells and sponges. I have mine open for the whole duration. (20 days away!) Allow at least 2-3 hours for theeggs towarm up temperature of incubator. I do know a couple people that have used it for the Janoel type (plastic incubators) with success. Thank you. I live in Southern California elevation 2700 if that maters . Ive increased temp to 37.5 c (99.5f) that - it used to be 37c before. Testing the hygrometers/thermometers prior to hatch is highly recommended. also Now at lock down do I raise the humidity so the chicks don't stick? A question though about the dry incubation, do you have to have a certain type of incubator to do this, or do you just leave your incubator, whatever type, dry for those days. I hope this answers your question. Using your method really works well and I sincerely appreciate your post and sharing this information. Question: you mention monitoring air cell, do you check all the eggs on the specified days or just random few? Ees are generally mixed breed. We, the hatchers, adjust humidity by controlling the surface area of water in the incubator. I put my digital thermometer/hydrometer inside it says the temp. Thank you. I failed both my incubator and broody hatchings simply because I didn't have a clue. I did move them around a lot for their safety and comfort but maybe I should have simply left them alone. Why is there such a drastic change? Is the hygrometer built into the incubator? Could this be the reason? It depends on your financial ability. There's little holes in the top all around the edges. Chicken eggs actually do not need to be turned after two weeks. please some one help me:(. I wish I knew you 3 weeks ago before I got started. Not only defining dry incubation, but the whole article! My friend’s brother is a techy who used different computer parts and stuff to build this custom box (its small, the size of a CD case just thicker). I never add water to my wells before hatch because it’s much easier to control with the sponge. Which incubator did you get? Honestly, that’s a hard one. I'm still worried about the rapid loss of water. Many hands off hatchers also use a small piece of tubing through a vent hole to add water to a sponge or the wells beneath. "The second way: start with a dry incubation if your incubator holds at least 25% when completely dry." When things don’t go quite according to plan (which can and does happen when incubating poultry artificially) try using this incubation trouble shooting guide to work out what went wrong. So hard to got that far then this poorly made incubator I am going to fix it. A thermometer that is significantly off can ruin your entire hatch. It cost me under 130 but holds a solid temp and has a large capacity. For hatch, I fill my water wells and add (new) clean wet sponges inside my incubator at egg level. And yes, I am sure there have been people that do all sizes and colors together successfully, but in my experience, I fared better keeping those hatches separate. Amy, Thanks so much for the reply.. if I had waited another 30 minutes it probably would have been too late. Do I need to jump in and help with this hatch?? I have the hova bator 1583, it's the non digital version of the 1588, and holds temps awesome. I have 22 guinea eggs in Bator now only two days old. Candle your eggs at days 7&14 especially. you have described composting so good. I hope you find hatching as rewarding as the rest of us!! If you ran the first 10 days at 55-65%, 40-45% probably was still too high to allow enough moisture to escape to compensate for the high humidity in the beginning. I candle all the way through hatch, and I open during hatching. Hello Amy thank you for posting all of this insightful information. When they externally pip themselves it can take another 24 hours before they zip. Hello man. I am candling on days 7 and 18 and marking my cells. Hope this helps. Water will work too, it just doesn’t stay moist long. When I was heavily involved with the Backyard Chickens site, there were many fellow thread members that did hatch and most of them found that they could run about the same humidity as they did for chickens. I have janoel 96 incubator, I’ve just hatched three out of seven chicks four drowned in same hatch the humidity shot up to 95 percent at end which I could not bring down why would three be ok and four drown in same incubation what can I do to avoid this happening again. Now I'm at it again! If it doesn’t reach about 30% (or 40 if you choose not to change the alarm) I would add a wet clean sponge to the incubator to bring it up. You don't want to see condensation in the incubator, if the air is that saturated, your eggs won't loose the moisture that they need too. So frustrated. How long have the eggs been in the incubator? I'll definitely try the sponge thing during lockdown. They are more work, especially if you are using a little giant versus the hoverbator, but they can produce good hatches. Are the sizes you diagrams for hens going to be similar for guineas. Pick a number from 30-50%, (the range you'll find a good majority of hatchers use for the first 17 days.) That’s cool. Hi Victoria! My very first real assist was a chick that had her foot over her beak and the toes were sticking out the pip. Hey Brett. I only run completely dry above 25%. Pick a number from 30-50%, (the range you'll find a good majority of hatchers use for the first 17 days.) If or when I’ll be doing it regularly, no problem I’ll invest the money on something a lot better. After employing your advice, the hatch rates are very good...monumentally improved. Check hygrometer accuracy. Sorry I wasn't able to answer before now. I do have many friends that do and love them. Eggs stored for too long or stored at the incorrect temperature. Thank you. I am having trouble with the humidity but after reading this I am not so concerned about beginning days. I'm in incubation with 9 more days till lockdown. My best advice is to have a hygrometer that has been checked for accuracy in the bator to guide you and let the air cells do the rest of the guiding. The chick just kept crying and fighting to get out. It takes a lot longer for the egg itself to drop or raise. If there are no internal pips showing, put them back and check again on day 19. We only have 11 days to go. My incubator doesn't allow me to adjust the humidity.
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