Hatching in a Brinsea Oco 20 - lockdown question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hd_darcy, May 13, 2011.

  1. hd_darcy

    hd_darcy Songster

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    When hatching in the Brinsea Oco 20, what is the best way to put the eggs at lockdown? In egg cartons, or is it necessary to elevate the rack? I'm a little confused as to why they have to be elevated?? Please share your thoughts and experiences again. I'm getting ready to incubate again, and want to do it all RIGHT this time from the start! Thank you!!
     

  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Crowing

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    I've never elevated the rack in my Brinsea Eco 20. I take out the dividers and arrange all the eggs how they best fit. Between waves of hatches, I remove dried off chicks and their spent shells to give chicks about to hatch more room. I know people say never to open at lockdown, but I've never had an issue, and the eco 20 regains humidity very quickly.
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    Quote:X2. Take out the dividers, fill the 2 channels with water and sit back to watch them hatch. When things get crowded put the dry chicks in a brooder, and toss the old eggshells in the trash.
     
  4. Glenmar

    Glenmar Songster

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    Me too.
     

  5. hd_darcy

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    Okay, will do! THANK YOU!
     
  6. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

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    I do the same as everyone else!! I also add that rubbery looking shelf liner to the bottom. Sure makes clean up a snap!! [​IMG]
     
  7. SDpeafowl

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    I do the exact same thing. I opened mine quite a few times during lockdown and within minutes the temp and humidity were right back to where they were supposed to be. The Brinsea Octagon 20 is a great incubator! I have never had a 100% hatch rate until I got it. I love it! You pretty much set the eggs and wait for them to hatch, with the occasional adding of water to the channels. Hope you have a good hatch!
     

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