Dry hatching

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Dry hatching

Postby happy hen » Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:03 pm

I have eggs due in a couple of days in the incubator, I've relied on broody hens for last few years, and can't remember when dry hatching if you add water towards the end.....my feeling was that the weather is so muggy at the moment that I wouldn't need to......just having a wobble now :? I have borrowed a hygrometer that is sitting next to the incubator and reading 60%. Can I assume it'll be the same inside ?
I meant to look all this up when I set the eggs, but been so busy , tomorrow never came :o st
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Re: Dry hatching

Postby Minorcafan » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:13 pm

Put the hydrometer inside then take it from there. Good luck!
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Re: Dry hatching

Postby Evie » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:37 pm

Definitely get the humidity in the incubator up, it'll be drier in there than in your room and it really matters. You can open the incubator as long as the eggs haven't pipped yet. Good luck and have fun with the chicks! :)
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Re: Dry hatching

Postby dinosaw » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:42 pm

If you have been dry hatching then definitely add water for the last three days HH, you want that humidity up to near 70%.

Edit. Just seen this was posted on the 17th so a bit late from me. Hopefully everything is going ok with your hatch.
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Re: Dry hatching

Postby happy hen » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:56 pm

I added water, the chicks positively bounced out of the eggs ! 7/8 hatched so pleased with that.
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Re: Dry hatching

Postby Icemaiden » Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:08 pm

Eggcellent news :D
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Re: Dry hatching

Postby Minorcafan » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:03 pm

That's great
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Re: Dry hatching

Postby dinosaw » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:00 pm

Great result.
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Re: Dry hatching

Postby valeriebutterley » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:38 am

Good hatch, you must be delighted! well done.
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