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post #1 of 7
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So we finally got our eggs in the incubator today! (18) we planned on doing it yesterday (monday) but couldn't because we were still trying to figure out the incubator. I wanted to do it on a Monday because then we could start lock down the friday before they hatch (day 18) and then not worry about them over the weekend. But since they started today, the 18th day will be on a Saturday and nobody will be here to take out the egg turner, raise the humidity, etc... I'm wondering, if we start lock down on Friday anyways, will they still hatch fine? It will be the 17th day and I've heard some say that's when theu start lockdown... is there a specific reason it has to be the 18th day?

Also, during lockdown do you have to close any plugs in the incubator or leave them open?

1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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post #2 of 7

It really comes down to making sure that the eggs are not being turned and allowing them to get ready for hatch.  You can stop turning really after day 14.  So with that said you should have no problem if you start lock down on day 17.  With that said if no one will be there over the weekend make sure that you get your humidity high enough so that you do not drop over the weekend when there to monitor it.

Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Okay, thank you! We can do that

1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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post #4 of 7
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Next question... a majority of the eggs we got were donated to us by a breeder but were just from his layer flock. The rooster was a mottled java and the hens were I think ameraucana, EE, light brahma, silver spangled hamburg, and a few others. What would the offspring look like?

1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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post #5 of 7
That will be the fun part!! Mixes like that often turn out as great chickens.

Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Ignore this.
Edited by and-roo - 2/24/16 at 5:35pm

1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
From the breeds listed, what would the chicks look like colorwise?

1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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1 splash silkie rooster, 1 splash silkie hen, 1 blue silkie hen, 2 EE hens, RIR, buff orpington, blue orpington, barred rock, SLW, a few silkie/EE mixes

Btw, the names Andrew, if my username doesn't make sense...

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