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absolutely! i'm going to do it with a link, ok? this lady actually does a full day by day run down of incubation, and it's my go-to for my good general info!

 

http://www.raising-happy-chickens.com/incubator-lockdown.html

 

and this is another great source of info

 

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/hatch-along-with-chicken-chick-part-6.html

 

good luck!! this is the best place ever for questions!

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I am new to raising chickens and I am still learning. We just hatched our first set of eggs because all of our hens went broody at once. I plan to start raising them and using an incubator for the next batch. Could someone explain to me what lockdown is? Thanks.
:welcome  Lockdown (for chicks) is usually day 18. It's just a term hatchers use to describe the act of preparing for hatch day. In reality it means different things to different people. For most people it means you stop turning your eggs and if you are using a turner you take it out. For hands OFF hatchers it's the day that if they candle, they do last candle (and mark air cells) and up the humidity for hatch. For these people it's the last time that they will open the bator until the hatch is done because they mostly don't believe in opening the bator during the last 3-4 days.
 
For a hands ON hatcher it really doesn't mean much more than upping the humidity and candling to mark air cells if they do that. Not all of us are hands off and many of us don't adhere to a strict "lockdown" philosophy.

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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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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post #13 of 13
Thank you. My husband and I have a lot to learn but are very excited in our new adventure in chicken raising. Our new babies are doing great so far. I have them in a home made brooder. Any advice to starting them off healthy and happy would be appreciated!
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