lock down

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by elloyd, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. elloyd

    elloyd Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2010
    cottage grove
    help i am in lockdown in my still air lg and can not get the humidity up past 45 i am new to this and dont know what to do can anyone help
  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I have never used a still air 'bator.
    But I do use my Genesis 1588 as my hatcher and I never put it into "lockdown". I open it when I need to to adjust the water leverl, grab eggs shells or rescue chicks that are stuck. I seldom have problems from opening it. However, where I live we have high humidity so that may be a helpful factor in my case.
    But I would open yours and add more water to bring the humidity up. Otherwise you may get some struggling chicks that won't make it.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I have a hole in my bator where I have a tube where I add warm water that goes down to a sponge under the eggs.

    Raises the humidity nice and I just monitor it until it goes about 65%.

    you could use a straw for the same thing, I also use an old afrin bottle to go into the tube. works well.

    Good luck.
  4. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    Humidity is measured by the surface of water not depth, the bigger the surface of water is the more humidity will rise, if you have all the water dividers full, next time try adding a wet sponge or a wet wash cloth, make sure they are warm, not hot, as this is going to through your temp. off just a little maybe not for long, good luck.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2010
  5. elloyd

    elloyd Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2010
    cottage grove
    thanks i have got the humidity going from 50 to 60 and the temp is staying between 100 and 99.5 i hope this all works out but if not i will try again in a few weeks if i can find some more eggs being my first time and not really knowing what i am doing i will be happy if just one egg hatches we will see what happens i will keep u posted
  6. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    Good luck, I know I always wish for someone to wish me luck..it seems to help the nerves a little for me......So wishing you tons of luck!!!!
  7. elloyd

    elloyd Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2010
    cottage grove
    day 21 and nouthing is hapening i am starting to loose faith and think think that none are going to hatch how long should i leave the eggs in before i toss them amd try again
  8. Joey8765

    Joey8765 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    wait another day and see what happens, sometimes they are late.
  9. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Hang in there! Give them a few extra days. If your temp was a bit low they can be a little longer.
    Hope you will have some pips and peeps tonight. Keep us updated and good luck. [​IMG][​IMG]
  10. elloyd

    elloyd Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2010
    cottage grove
    two of the eggs have hatched i am so happy now if only somemore would hatch i would love to have a few more eggs hatch i started with 12 one died on day 14 so went into lockdown with 11 i am keeping my fingers crossed [​IMG]

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