Could you'all explain what LOCK DOWN means?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bonnie in indiana, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. I been raising show birds for 40+ years and never heard "lock down". If it is what I think it means: it is the last couple of days of incubating eggs.
    For 40 years I have been hatching eggs and the only thing that I do differently is, the last day or so I try not to turn the eggs and I make sure there is water in the incubator.
    At times I have had many different hatch dates in the incubator and the eggs are all mixed togather with the hatch date written on the egg. I have never had a problem. If the egg is fertile it will hatch[there are very few exceptions].
    I have read many posts that make this "lock down" seem so critical. It is not rocket science-------if a chicken can do it, it can't be all that hard.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    Lockdown is the last 3 days of incubation. Egg turning stops, humidity is increased, and eggs are left alone until hatch is finished.

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