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From: Karen Bonarek
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Lombard, IL
Can you add water as the eggs are pipping to increase humidity? One pipped on day 20 so we removed the vent plugs per checklist, but put them back after about 6 hours. I'm afraid we might have reduced the humidity too much. I do not have a wet bulb thermometer in the incubator. The chick has pecked a small hole through the membrane, but has not made any more progress.

 
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From: Ken Koelkebeck
Extension Specialist, Poultry
Department of Animal Sciences
kkoelkeb@illinois.edu
Yes,

You can add more water if needed. I'm not sure whether that will help the one chick you are concerned about, however.

 
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