Lockdown and hatching?

Ch1ck3n5

In the Brooder
Feb 15, 2018
10
4
36
hi!
So my 3 eggs that seem to have been growing are at day 19 now, almost at the end of the day. I haven’t noticed any movement or shell cracking yet, and put them in lockdown yesterday, I have a few questions about what I should do to make sure I don’t do anything wrong at this point. I’m not using a incubator, I’ve been using a shoebox and a lamp and have it surrounded with blankets to keep it warm. I candled my eggs before I locked them down and everything seemed to be good. But my questions are how do I keep restocking the water for humitidy if I’m suppose to keep the “incubator” shut from now on? And when should I expect the first shell pip? This is all new to me so the more help the better!
 

Ch1ck3n5

In the Brooder
Feb 15, 2018
10
4
36
Is it a plastic shoebox? How are you monitoring/judging humidity levels?
Cardboard shoe box surrounded by blankets, very humid and warm inside , I was using a humidity monitor to test the water when I opened the box quickly yesterday to put more water in, should I open the box again today to check the humidity or leave it closed?
 

SunHwaKwon

Crowing
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Being cardboard you might have to add more water because the paper would absorb some, but you also don't want to go too high and make it soggy and collapse. I would go ahead and check it as I think you're more at risk for being too dry. Next time I'd suggest making it out of something non absorbent and non flammable.
 

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