Debby Tingen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by debbytingen, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. debbytingen

    debbytingen In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2013
    I have 48 eggs in an incubator. They are suppose to hatch in 5 days. I am trying to get everything ready. . My question is this.
    In 5 days do I take the eggs out.of the incubator or stand there until they start hatching and put them in a pen inside the house?
    I am freaking out on what step to take. Can someone help me on step 1,2,3?

  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  3. Alright [​IMG] great to have you with us [​IMG]

    Oh right now you should be getting ready for lock down
    this is the part where you put a wet towel in the incubator
    to raise the humidity and the egg turner comes out so the
    chicks do not get caught up in it at hatch time and once
    closed for lockdown the incubator is not opened till hatch
    is complete and your humidity should be around 60% to
    65% to help make the egg shell brittle for peep time ..

    Wish you well on the hatch [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]
  4. herechilychiky

    herechilychiky Chirping

    Feb 4, 2014
    Central Fla.
    Hi, Welcome to BYC!!!!!! Good Luck!
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    3 days before hatching, you go into what is called lockdown, where you stop turning the eggs. Leave your temp just as is, and up your humidity to about 65% or 70%. This will prevent the chicks from sticking to the shells and dying. If your turners are open or the bottom of your incubator is slick, you will want to either remove your tuners or turn them off. You will also want to put down some of that rubber shelf paper. The stuff with the little holes in it. When the babies hatch, if the floor is slick they will slip and develop splay leg. Miserable condition to treat. So put something down to prevent this.

    If you are having a hard time bringing your humidity up, you can add damp sponges and rewet them every so often. A day or so later you should see "pipping", which is when they poke thru the shell to breath. Do not panic when they sit like this for 24 or more hours. They are busy absorbing the egg yolk. Do don't mess with the eggs. AND DO NOT open the lid of the incubator when babies pipped or are zipping out of the egg. It will dry them out and kill them. So get your work inside the bator before they pip or zip.

    Good luck with your hatch and keep us posted!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

  7. gander007 and Twocrows gave you good advice.

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. X2 on TwoCrows advice.

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