Incubating questions! First time chicken momma.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MamaChick73, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. MamaChick73

    MamaChick73 In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2017
    Hi I have what may seem like a silly question. I began incubating my eggs on the 25th of March. Do I count day 1 from the 26th? Or is the 25th day 1? I just want to be sure what exact day to lockdown and not turn my eggs anymore. Thank you all in advance. I have learned so much about chickens on this forum. You all are wonderful!

  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    If I set them in the morning I count the first day. If I set them later in the day I start with the following day to count. [​IMG]
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  3. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    I assume that you are incubating chicken eggs. April the 12th will be day 18 (lockdown) and tax day (April 15th) will be the expected hatch day. Towards the end of incubation, turning the eggs is not that critical so if you miss lockdown by one day it isn't very likely to matter.
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  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    An egg does not have a day’s worth of development 2 seconds or 2 minutes after you put it in the incubator. It takes 24 hours for an egg to have a day’s worth of development. So when you are counting you say “1” the day after you start them. An easy way to check your counting with chicken eggs, the day of the week you set them is the day of the week they should hatch. Since you set your eggs on Saturday they should hatch on a Saturday. Saturday April 15. Lockdown is Wednesday the 12th.

    I agree you don’t have to be that precise. Your goal for lockdown is to get the humidity up before they external pip. It’s not all that unusual for the eggs to be a day or even two days early or late, the 21 day thing is a target that is not always hit. So if you lockdown three days before they hatch you meet this deadline even if they are early.

    Good luck with the hatch.
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