first time hatcher in lock down as of yesterday

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Crazy Rooster, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. Crazy Rooster

    Crazy Rooster In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2010
    Farmersville Texas
    went into lock down last night @ 8:30 and tonight i have 5 eggs rocking. this is so awesome:D

  2. Baralak

    Baralak Songster

    It is more fun than anything.

  3. 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!
  4. KWAK

    KWAK Songster

    Feb 2, 2009
    i went into lock down at the same time [​IMG] all 8 of mine are rocking/have been for a while now [​IMG]

    how long after rocking do they pip? gah its taking a while... i better sit on my hands lol!
  5. Dixieangeln

    Dixieangeln Chirping

    Sep 20, 2010
    NC/VA line
    How Exciting!!!!!:d

  6. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    you are all making me nervous. Mine go into lockdown on tuesday. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. I went into lockdown yesterday at 1 egg has just pipped the so eggcited
  8. 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!
  9. wannabchick

    wannabchick Songster

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    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
    3 nothing
    And today is day 21
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2011

  10. Crazy Rooster

    Crazy Rooster In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2010
    Farmersville Texas
    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

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