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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Crazy Rooster, Jan 13, 2011.
went into lock down last night @ 8:30 and tonight i have 5 eggs rocking. this is so awesome
It is more fun than anything.
Sit on your hands. Watch the temp and humidity but don't open the bator! The chicks can live 3 day without food or water. This won't be easy. I once had one pipped for 36 hours before zipping. Talk about a nail bitter I was going crazy. I have since had 2 100% hatches!
Good luck new babies are great!
i went into lock down at the same time all 8 of mine are rocking/have been for a while now
how long after rocking do they pip? gah its taking a while... i better sit on my hands lol!
you are all making me nervous. Mine go into lockdown on tuesday.
I went into lockdown yesterday at 8am...my 1 egg has just pipped the shell...in so eggcited
From rocking to pipping could also take awhile. Everyone's incubation will be different. And EVERYONE has their own methods you have to find what works for you. What I found hard in the beginning was opening unhatched eggs with fully developed chicks. It was and still is heartbreaking. I have since gotten much better hatch rates and have fine tuned my incubator as well as the method that works best for me. I watch air sacs to determine how much humidity but have started keeping my humidity much lower than most suggest. Now that works best for me in Middle TN. Ask others in your area where they keep humidity that will help a lot.
Because this is the part that drives me crazy I now set eggs at least an hour past bed time when possible, if one hatches during the night it will wake me bacause the bator is in my bedroom where the dogs are not allowed.
I hatched these cuties out 2 days ago along with 10 others
These are whats left of the 2 batches before the babies
Oh and 40 mostly shipped eggs still in the bator. Hatching is addictive!
2 empty bator looking for eggs! haha
Good luck to everyone with their hatches!
I know I know
Shoot, I had one pip yesterday at 4:00 in the afternoon and nothing more with that egg now 28 hours later
Only one has hatched
2 others pipped
And today is day 21
now i have 7 eggs rocking in the bator. One question i have a few more eggs that dont go into lock down for at least a week is it ok to open bator and turn the four eggs quickly