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    Question perlite/water mix in incubator

    i am making an incubator for my crested eggs using perlite. i read to use 2 parts perlite to 1 part water. this slipped my mind (oops) and i mixed 1 part perlite to 1 part water, but that doesn't seem like all that wet of a mixture. it is moist but doesn't seem too moist...but i have no experience in this department. what ratio do you use (if you do the perlite/water mix)? is there a certain level or range of humidity that i want to achieve?
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    Re: perlite/water mix in incubator

    I think the consistency is supposed to be able to clump slightly when squeezed together, with no extra water laying around.

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    Re: perlite/water mix in incubator

    yep thats what I have read just about everywhere. where did you get your perlite from? I will need some eventually and was wondering about good suppliers.
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    Re: perlite/water mix in incubator

    perlite doesn't clump like vermiculite. i mix my egg boxes with perlite. i don't really do a ratio. i mix water in until everything is damp but not soggy or standing water. i only put four little holes in it one on each side and keep an eye on the condensation on the lid. and check the egg's surface' alot. i'll get pics up soon. you can get perlite from any home/garden shop like southern states.


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    Re: perlite/water mix in incubator

    where can you get vermiculite...same type of place?
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    Re: perlite/water mix in incubator




    couple shots of my egg boxes. first pic is lid on. the smaller yellowish eggs were laid last night! the bigger ones are due to hatch this week or next. the box is a rubbermaid brand, they call it "stain shield" it is 2.6qt size. i like it because it is clear and available at walmart.

    vermiculite should also be found wherever perlite is sold.


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    Re: perlite/water mix in incubator

    awesome, thanks for the pics! that's almost what mine looks like, i think it needs just a little more water though to be closer. i got my perlite in the garden section at walmart and i'm using a shoebox size rubbermaid which i also got at walmart. congrats on the new eggs vaughn and good luck on the ones that are due soon.
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    Re: perlite/water mix in incubator

    thanks mle, i can't wait to see some of these babies this year. when you get eggs just watch them closely and make sure they don't get too dry or too wet. too wet and mold will start to grow, too dry they crinkle up a bit. i usually don't have to adjust the moisture level at all. sometimes when too much condensation is on the lid, i open it and wipe it off and fan a little fresh air in. the 4 holes i made are small like 1/8 inch. any bigger and a baby can escape. good luck on your pairings!


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    Re: perlite/water mix in incubator

    I just want to mention that, in my limited experience, it really is better to have some sort of ongoing air exchange in the incubation container. I've tried using small airtight plastic containers and opening them weekly or so for air exchange as I've read others suggest, and I've tried using the small squarish deli containers from the grocery store (the things potato salad and such come in) that don't seal tightly, and the deli containers definitely make keeping the eggs at the right humidity easier. I have a pair of eggs in an airtight container right now, and while these eggs were odd-looking when I got them -- both were dented -- they "undented" and were looking good, but now appear discolored, so it could be the eggs, but it could also be too much humidity and/or not enough fresh air.

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    Re: perlite/water mix in incubator

    thanks marla. the rubbermaid that i got isn't for food storage and doesn't seem as airtight as some so maybe that will help. i'm sure i'll be opening it and checking things and checking the perlite--i am sooo paranoid that i'm gonna mess it up! i have been messing with the mixture for 3 days now--last night i made it officially too wet. i never was very good at chemistry and all that scientific measuring stuff. i feel like i need an exact recipe to follow but i know it's just going to take a little trial and error.
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