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Re: Humidity

Post by KimChick » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:27 pm

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Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:19 pm
If I put too much water and my humidity goes up I just open the incubator for a few seconds. Seems to work. The other thing I didn't mention and really goes without saying. If you hand turn your eggs, open the incubator a couple of times a day. It changes the air. For me, it seemed to make a difference. Have fun with it!
I have to hand turn the eggs, and I have to lift off the lid to do it. So the eggs are exposed to fresh air 3 times a day.
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Re: Humidity

Post by Kbr42 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:42 am

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Where did you get the external thing to measure humidity and temperature? Also do you know the price? I’m thinking I should invest in one
Thanks!
Yep, you can get a good one at Pet Smart. The one I have is for reptiles and I think was about 10.00 or so. I have one in each of my incubators and that's the readings I trust. Sometimes, it actually matches the output from the incubator but mostly only the temperature never the humidity level. Hope this helps. :wave:
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Re: Humidity

Post by Colleen Kinzie » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:28 pm

Ok. Thanks! @Kbr42 I’ll head to pet smart tomorrow What exactly is this thing called?
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Re: Humidity

Post by Kbr42 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:26 am

I'll get you a picture this afternoon!
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Re: Humidity

Post by Kbr42 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:39 pm

Colleen Kinzie wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:28 pm
Ok. Thanks! @Kbr42 I’ll head to pet smart tomorrow What exactly is this thing called?
Here's what it looks like...hope it helps.
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Re: Humidity

Post by Kbr42 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:52 pm

And just for comparison here's what my incubator says humidity is vs the external one
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I have know idea why the pictures are sideways..sorry.....
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Re: Humidity

Post by Colleen Kinzie » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:13 pm

That’s great. Thanks!!!
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Re: Humidity

Post by Colleen Kinzie » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:13 pm

How does everyone keep their humidity constant at lockdown
I’m using styrofoam incubator
I’ve had to add a wee bit of water a few times a day thru the vent plug holes just to keep it 55-65%
Lockdown was yesterday
Thanks!
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Re: Humidity

Post by KimChick » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:09 pm

Colleen Kinzie wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:13 pm
How does everyone keep their humidity constant at lockdown
I’m using styrofoam incubator
I’ve had to add a wee bit of water a few times a day thru the vent plug holes just to keep it 55-65%
Lockdown was yesterday
Thanks!
Good question! I will be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for some responses. I am at Day 10 - the candling day.
I would never have thought to add water through the plug holes for fear it would land on some eggs. I'm using a really old styrofoam incubator, and have been trying to keep the humidity at around 45% (dry incubation?), but sometimes when I moisten the paper towel, it climbs slowly to almost 60% before it settles down. Other times it climbs to 50%.
At lockdown, I'm thinking of adding a wet sponge, but not sure yet. And if I have two sponges, I can do a quick swap if I need to adjust the humidity. Boy, this first time incubating is getting to be nerve racking with conflicting info on humidity levels. :rubbingchin:
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Re: Humidity

Post by JimW » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:18 pm

I incubate dry and usually try and keep my humidity around 40% or a bit lower. At lockdown on day 18 stop turning and add some water I often us a sponge sticking out of a container of water in incubator during lockdown to get humidity to 65%. Once lock down starts I do not open the incubator until day 22 or day 23 when hatching is done.

Accurately measuring humidity is difficult, become many of the hydrometers out there are not very accurate, the best method to determine humidity is to use a wet bub thermometer.

Best of luck.

My emu eggs are on day 22 of 55 days of incubating.... cannot candle, so cannot really tell if they are progressing or if they were even fertile. All I do is weigh them twice a week to see if they are losing the correct amount of weight, so far so good.

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