Day 18 lockdown question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Roxannemc, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Songster

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    Sorry anoteher question by me....and one that has been answered just cant find where.....
    first hatch.
    Today is day 18 at 9 am to be exact...So Lockdown.... but do i lock down at 9 am? or do i wait until the end of the day and lockdown then? which would be day 18 and 1/2?
    Want to get this right.Or is it tomorrow morning day 19 .?
    My understanding is after 18 days you lockdown so wouldnt that be day 19?
    Set eggs May 18th 9 am so Day one was May 19th 9 am.
    Want the humidiity to go up on the right day.
    Maybe i am overthinking it..
     
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  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    You're overthinking it. This whole thing is not that precise.

    You count your first day twenty four hours after you set the eggs. That's the end of day one. Doesn't have to be to the literal minute, close will do. So when the end of day eighteen arrives you can move them into lockdown. A few hours early or late isn't going to matter much. Just not days late.
     
  3. ChickenLover WI

    ChickenLover WI Chirping

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    I have a question also today is my lock down for my hatch of black stars and bo's should I have it in the 75% or closer to 80% for the humidiity? Please let me know that you!
     
  4. ChickenLover WI

    ChickenLover WI Chirping

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    Also what should be my max temp? Want to make sure I am doing everything just right very first time doing this myself thank you for inputs!
     
  5. ChickenLover WI

    ChickenLover WI Chirping

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    Hey I set mine on may 18th to cool we can be buddies! Good luck to you! I put mine in that day at 9:30am.
     
  6. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Songster

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    WAs just gonna ask if anyone was going into lockdown now.Misery loves company !!HAHA....GREAT

    9;30 also? ....Great minds...? Biggest problem is we BOTH are new at hatching This is my first hatch too...AND shipped eggs...I am all butterflys...!! I read and read on here...Hope i learned something.Will see'I have 7 Lavender Orpington eggs. Had 11 but 4 were duds. A few of these are iffy ane being brown eggs and my first hatch i really couldnt tell much so kept anything that wasnt clear.4 looked pretty classic as inthe phtos when icandled at day 9 though but who knows. Hoping to get 2 anyway.fingers crossed.
    What did you set?

    Also thanks to AT Hagan for the answer to my question .
     
  7. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Songster

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    Well this is just me..but i have read mostly that humidity should be 65%
    I dont know if different chick eggs need different humiditys or not.But that what i am shooting for ...65-70.
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Humidity is one of the great debates among hatchers. It has to do with water loss within the egg and there are charts to be found in a Google search that will show you what the air cell within the egg should look like at a given day of incubation. Or you could have weighed the egg when it was set then again periodically to determine moisture loss which would give you an idea of what your final three day humidity should be at.

    But most folks don't weigh their eggs and trying to compare and contrast a moisture loss diagram to the actual egg you are holding in your hand is easier said than done. So what I suggest is that you should keep your lockdown humidity in the 60-65% range. This should at least get you on the paper so to speak. As you gain more experience with your particular conditions you'll determine if you need to go higher or lower. 60-65% should do you OK for now.

    Final temperature should stay as close to 99.5 as you can keep it.

    Google is your friend here. Do a search on "incubating chicken eggs" and you will find more instructions on every particular than you can read in a day. There's a set from Texas A&M that I particularly like.
     
  9. ChickenLover WI

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    I set was 18 Black Stars but my daughter dropped one so it was then 17 then when I candled my eggs 1 Black star broke in my hands it was gross and living really sucks I felt so bad about that so 16 Black Stars and had 12 Buff Orpingtons but 7 were bad so only have 5 of them so I hope they all live. Mine were not shipped for these ones my sister got them for us. Then tomorrow I have 6 frizzle cochin eggs that go on lock down also and the day after that more after that also. I have 3 incubators running right now some Tolbunts eggs, bantam eggs, delw x new hampshire red eggs. So I hope this all works my sister hatches all the time so I don't think I will have a problem with mine because we keep reading and talking to lots of people about the hatching to double check everything. I really think this is going to be fun I really cant wait.
     
  10. ChickenLover WI

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    ok I am at 99.6 for temp right now after I filled water in box1 and box 2 it is at 71% humidity.
     

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