Humidity levels and egg weight loss
posted on 9:44 am by Aviva
Recently we received a lot of questions regarding proper humidity percentages in the incubator. Some people requested humidity tables for different species, while others asked how can you know if the humidity is too high, or too low.
The truth is that such tables are of no help. There are so many variables that affect the required humidity levels: weather, climate, egg thickness, egg porosity and more… So essentially the only way to determine the correct humidity level required for your eggs is by conducting and managing the eggs’ weight loss, as described in our previous post.
Why is humidity such a paramount key to successful hatching? Lets take a look at two extreme outcomes –
- If the humidity level is too low – the egg loses too much weight and this can cause the embryo to dehydrate and to die before hatching.
- If the humidity level is too high – the egg isn’t losing enough weight and the embryo will not develope properly or the chick may become malformed and develop curved or weak legs.
In order for an egg to hatch successfully and yield lively, vibrant chicks, three things must be in order: temperature, humidity levels and egg turning.
The Inca Incubators take care of two these issues automatically for you, without the need to intervene:
- The temperature inside the incubator is calibrated to 37.3 Degrees Celsius, which is the incubation average temperature.
- The egg turning is done automatically every hour and a half by the turning clock and the eggs tray.
The only thing you have to set is the right humidity level in the incubator. This is done by conducting and correctly managing of the eggs weight loss. (Again – more on that here)