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Post by leytonryan on Thu May 15, 2008 11:40 am

Can someone please tell me what the humidity (on a reptile hydrometer) should be kept for QUAIL/DUCK/CHICKEN. @ the beggining and the last three days b4 hatching pleaseeeeeee.thank u all

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Post by leytonryan on Thu May 15, 2008 3:17 pm

anyone? atleast duck and quail humidity please

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Re: Humidity

Post by Harrie on Thu May 15, 2008 4:21 pm

Dunno about a reptile hygrowotsit but I use a wetbulb and run it at 35% ish for the first days and then up to 65% a day before pipping. I know some raise it 3 days before hatch but I like to do it just 1 day before as the shell seem to be nice and crispy for hatching that way. I know nothing about ducks I'm afraid.
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Post by leytonryan on Thu May 15, 2008 4:25 pm

Thanks Harrie, needed some help with that, although my temperature inside the incubator, doesnt seem to go down lees than 42 % ( i suppose the reptile one is the same as that for birds) As i was saying its practically running dry. The only thing is i have duck eggs in also and wanted to know if the humidity could be kept the same, or at an average

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Post by andoy on Thu May 15, 2008 6:07 pm

I believe duck eggs require a slightly higher humidity (water fowl have slightly bigger pores in the egg shell), but I've managed to incubate both quail and duck eggs successfully together somewhere around 45-50% humidity (which is only slightly above the humidity level in my house). Digital Hygrometers can be unreliable, so I like to run my incubator on the dryish side to be safe. Better to have smaller chicks than chicks that are too big and can't move in their shell (they die).

With my last batch of quail, I forgot to move them to my hatch box (which I run at higher humidity) 2 days before they were due to hatch and got my best ever hatching at 45% humidity. For ducks I raise the humidity as much as I can as soon as they start pipping. I think the smaller duck breeds (e.g. call ducks) are a bit harder to hatch because they have smaller rounder bills.
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Post by leytonryan on Fri May 16, 2008 9:51 am

Thanks Andoy, at the moment i am running my incubator between 45 - 50 % so hopefully it should be good, i can now rest at ease .

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