Idiot question: What is "lockdown?"

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by awesomefowl, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    as in incubating. thanks!
  2. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    When the eggs are 3 days from hatching you put them into lockdown which basically means upping the humidity, stop turning and leave the incubator closed until the babies have arrived.
    The reason for doing this is to allow the chicks to get into position for hatching and to allow the humidity to build up to prevent shrink wrapping which will essentially suffocate the hatching chick.
    Hope that helps [​IMG]
  3. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    and,.. there are no idiot questions on BYC when you are really trying to learn,.. though I have seen some really strange ones! [​IMG]
  4. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    sorry, I double posted. I sure hope I didn't "shrink wrap" my babies! I did open the incubator once.

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