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Date Posted: 22:07:53 04/25/11 Mon
Author: Akane
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Subject: Re: Humidity
In reply to: Devi 's message, "Humidity" on 20:01:48 04/25/11 Mon

Short term humidity highs and lows will not impact the eggs. You only need to worry if it carries on for many days/most of a week. The ideal humidity also varies by incubator and climate. I know some people incubate at 75% and some people incubate at 40% with everything in between and it works for them while it may not work for someone else. Also I've found a different humidity works best for me during different seasons. Different size hatches will also result in different spikes and dips to the humidity. My 200 egg hatch forced me to cut extra holes in my hovabator and occasionally aim a hair dryer through them.

Ideal humidity is so varied it's something I'm always tweaking with every hatch. That's why I open every unhatched egg to try to figure out when it died and why. When I first started I also kept a journal where 3 times a day I recorded the readings and anything I did to alter them. Then I could figure out when an egg died by how developed the chick was and compare it to my journal to see exactly what happened around that time. It's not something you can just say "all hatches do best with x humidity".

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