Do I need to stop the egg's from turning 2 days before they hatch ?

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  1. chickencrazy999

    chickencrazy999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello, so do i need to stop the automatic turner stop from turning 2 days before the hatch ? also what does lockdown mean and do i need do take them out th egg cartons 2 days before they hatch ?
     
  2. chickencrazy999

    chickencrazy999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quail eggs that is
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    "Lock down" is an odd turn. Where it started, nobody likely knows. Urban slang or something. It refers to the last couple of days when one don't want to open the canopy, so hands off. It means those last few days when humidity should be a bit higher and left in the hatcher. Opening the lid allows humidity to escape and with some hatchers it can cause issues.

    I don't personally use the term. Best of luck on your hatch. I stop turning a batch tonight.
     
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  4. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It also gives the chicks time to turn into the correct position for hatching.
     
  5. chickencrazy999

    chickencrazy999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh thanks good luck with your hatch and so i have my eggs in quail egg cartons should I take them out and put them on there sides ? so i need to stop turning them 2 days before they hatch
     
  6. VickieB57

    VickieB57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're supposed to take them out of the racks (Is that what you mean by "cartons"?) remove the egg turner and lay them on their side in the incubator. They no longer need turning? Your last question was over 2 days ago! Have you had any eggs hatch?
     
  7. chickencrazy999

    chickencrazy999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I have an automatic incubator and have used egg cartons to put them im am no not yet it is day 11 but i will keep u updated :)
     
  8. chrishw

    chrishw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On their side or upright with the small end down?


    I've always kept them in the cartons fat end up, narrow pointy down for hatching.

    :)
     

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