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My cockatiels cant seem to keep their eggs going to the full term they are very good parents and the egg always gets to the later stages and then dies in the egg on the last few days so i think maybe is a humidity issue. I made the hard decision to try incubating the eggs in a incubator and handraising but now have a really bad issue with low humidity on average my incubator gets to 45% if i add sponges for surface area it raises to 65% however how do i get a constant extra 10-15% as i know %65 isnt enough. Unfortunately the last eggs i put in died trying to hatch which was heartbreaking and totally due to humidity. I realise the work and difficulty with hand raising cockatiels but any help would seriously help as i am so upset to keep losing my cockatiels eggs. I have been thinking of adding a separte base to my incubator with a fish heater inside to raise water temp to a constant and create a more humid area but cant decide whether thats nuts or genius. I also thought of a airstone to create water agitation and misting but if anyone can think of better please let me know as my pair are looking like they are about to start laying again. Any advice in general would be fab i have raised abandoned young birds before just not cockatiels.
 

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I live in the desert. I don't use an incubator, but I use wet towels to add humidity to the nestbox area when there is a hatch in progress. I put a plastic bag on top of the nestbox, because the lid will get soaked and swell up if I don't protect it. Then i put a wet towel on top of that with the sides hanging down, and re-wet it if it starts to get dry.

You can also use a humidifier close to the nestbox, but with the wet towel I know that there is moisture right next to the nest.

Lightly spraying the sides of the box on the inside (don't spray the bedding or the eggs) is also an option, but you will have to contend with angry parent birds which isn't good. You could spray the outside too, but it probably won't absorb much. I think the towel method keeps more moisture there for a longer time period.
 
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