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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by viper125, Feb 8, 2013.
Ok i'll bite what
in the world is a lock down period?
I’d never heard of that term until I came to this forum.
With chicken eggs after 18 full days of development you stop turning the eggs and raise the incubator humidity. Then you don’t open the incubator until the hatch is finished. This is called lockdown.
It’s possible that the membrane inside the egg can shrink around the chick if the humidity drops after the chick has pipped the egg shell. That’s called shrink-wrap. The membrane is so tough that the chick cannot move to zip and hatch. This does not happen each and every time but it occasionally happens so locking down the incubator until the hatch is over is a reasonable precaution to take.
Makes sense. I remember we use to drop the temp little and raise the humidity some. Also we didn't candle so no sense in opening. I couldnt remember if he quit turning or not. Now if your using a auto turner do you shut that off too!
My incubator needs water added about every day. Any suggestions on how to keep humidity up if you aren't able to open it during this time?
yes turner off and some hatch upright in turner and alot take the turner out and lay them down at lockdown.
Welcome to byc. Do a search at the top for hatching 101 thread.
Can you run a piece of tubing to the container from the outside of the cabinet? Then you can fill without opening.
I take the autoturner out and lay the eggs on their sides. Two reasons for taking it out. That way the chicks don't have some place they can catch their legs or wings while they are crawling around. Not that it happens a lot but it could maybe happen.
The main reason I take it out is clean-up. They make a mess when they hatch. If I take the turner out they don't mess it up, especially around the electronics.
This is what I use to add water through a vent hole during lockdown. The straws are those accordion ones. With just a little effort I can get to any reservoir I need to.
Hi a bit of subject ive sett my bater up this morning i noticed 1 of the egg was touching the side and the side was condensated wet ive moved it now will it affect the egg its my first time i really want it to work thanks