Is 99˚ too low for lockdown?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkiechick05, May 17, 2010.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    It seems like when my humidity sky rockets, so does the temp.

    Now it is the opposite. I can't get my temperature up!

    I have a 1588 genesis on toggle 4

  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    99 will just make them take a bit longer to hatch. Its not too low.
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Some places recommend 98 degrees for lockdown. The babies are now generating a lot of their own heat, so the temp stops mattering as much. Still needs to be up there, but 99 is fine. As far as when they hatch--higher temps during the main incubation period cause earlier hatches (not always a good thing--can also cause crippled and damaged young), lower temps during the main incubation period can cause a later hatch. During lockdown, I don't think a slightly lower temp has a major impact, but I could be wrong about that. Good luck!
  4. I personally like to maintain the same temp. Otherwise the chicks metabolism will slow slightly and you can have late hatches. That in itself is not a huge problem, but it can cause "soggy" chicks.

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