Originally Posted by katiec11
Ok so I'm doing my second ever incubation- first one was not very successful, only 3 babies hatched after setting 36 eggs(20 weren't fertile).
I was using an old, cheap eBay incubator that I borrowed... This time I got myself a secondhand rcom new 20
loving it so far!!
I am hatching pekin bantams...
I put the eggs in on Wednesday I think this is day 0, Thursday is day 1 and so on... Is that right? Yes.
And lockdown settings do I do it on day 18 or day 19 because I didn't count the eggs going in as day 1?? And when should I expend to see hatching- day 21??
Sorry dumb questions Your questions are not dumb; what's dumb is not asking what a person doesn't know.
but couldn't find simple answer anywhere.
Really wanna get it right my last experience was pretty disheartening
The Lock-Down Period
The last 2-3 days before the eggs hatch is a critical time! How do I do it correctly?
There are two important things to do during the last 2-3 days of your hatch.
First: stop turning the eggs. If you are turning the eggs by hand, just stop turning them. If you are using an automatic egg turner, remove the turner from the incubator, place the eggs on the wire mesh, and LEAVE THEM ALONE! This is the stage where the chick will move into its final hatching position.
Second: you need to increase the humidity level in your incubator. During the last three days (the "lock-down" period), the humidity level should be increased to between 70-80%. For information about how to do this, see the section above on "Humidity Control".
Be prepared for eggs to hatch early. With bantam eggs I would do the 3 days before hatching.
Edited by nchls school - 10/9/15 at 5:42am