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I am going away from day 18-20 of the incubation and am wondering if it is better to work hard to find someone to come to my house and check on the eggs rotate and everything or can I drive them to my friends house the is 3 min. away and back on the 20th day of incubation. also, what day do marans and ameraucanas pip?

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I am going away from day 18-20 of the incubation and am wondering if it is better to work hard to find someone to come to my house and check on the eggs rotate and everything or can I drive them to my friends house the is 3 min. away and back on the 20th day of incubation. also, what day do marans and ameraucanas pip?

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Living things have their own agenda but normally in lockdown eggs are no longer rotated..  I've had chicks pipping and even hatching on day 20 so I certainly wouldn't want to move them then.  If you trust your incubator you might want to put them in lockdown and hurry home.

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The main reason I need someone to watch them is humidity, I have a small incubator so the water pot is quite small and needs to be topped up about every 2 days. thanks so much though! 

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The main reason I need someone to watch them is humidity, I have a small incubator so the water pot is quite small and needs to be topped up about every 2 days. thanks so much though! 

Personally I would see if someone could come over and add water if neccessary. They don't need to be turned, so you don't have to worry about that, but I would be concerned of the humidity dropping too much during pip-hatch. If your temps were accurate where they needed to be, you would expect to see pipping and hatching day 20/21. If it was slightly warmer for the average, as early as 19 and cooler than it should have been could be day 22-23. Bantams are known to often pip/hatch day 19/20. 

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Thanks so much! I am going to have someone come over to check on them while I am gone!

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