I'm trying lockdown... need reassurance.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by reyecat, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. reyecat

    reyecat Out Of The Brooder

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    so I want to wait until tonight to take out the hatched chicks... but that will be in the 48 hr range. It feels like a long time for the first little one to be in the hatcher. will it be okay?

    I know they say 24-72 hours after hatch they're fine without food and water but that's a huge range ...

    Also the older ones are pretty rambunctious... kicking eggs around and pecking at the ones that were just hatched...

    AAAHHH!
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's your choice. But I take most out of incubator when they are fully dry and fluffy.

    Chicken soccer kinda worries me.
     
  3. reyecat

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    I've been reading so much that people's hatch rates are better with lockdown...

    I'm so torn.

    I want better hatch rates but I don't like all the extra shells and movement in there.

    I mean, Momma Hen takes out the shells and also sits on them so they're not so rambunctious.
     
  4. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I run 65 to 70 percent humidity for lock down.

    I don't worry to much about it.

    Remove chicks when dry. Or assist a chick if it's having issues. And remove hatched chicks shells.

    But I have tendency to be a little hands on.

    Most is what you get comfortable with.
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    And again...xs 2 lol

    I can't stand having shells in the bator, plus removing them keeps it from getting as gunky in there!
     
  6. reyecat

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    How do you prevent excess moisture loss?

    any tips on that?

    last time I did the more hand's on 4 little ones got shrink wrapped.

    :(

    I got them out safely but still... I'm now very worried about that too.
     
  7. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some have a bottle of warm water to mist the eggs lightly after they open the bator.

    Have a towel,cloth, or sponge in warm water set in bator.

    These should bring the humidity up rapidly and help you maintain.
     
  8. reyecat

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    I did a warm damp towel over the opening that I would lift aside...

    broke down and took out the 14 that were in there. :)

    then I crumpled up the warm damp towel and put it on the bottom of the 'bator.
     
  9. WillowC

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    Sounds like a good plan, that's a lot of babies to be running around.
     

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