Lockdown: Beginning of day 18 or day 19?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by muircheartaigh, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. muircheartaigh

    muircheartaigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all,

    I started my Easter hatch on 03/12/15 at 3:00 pm, which means day zero ends on 03/13/15 at 3 pm. So, do I remove the eggs from the trays and put them back into the incubator at the beginning of day 18 (03/30/15 at 3:00 pm) or day 19 (03/31/15 at 3:00 pm).

    Any and all feedback would be much appreciated,

    Thanks!
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    You don't have to be precise, but since day 18 starts on the 30th you can go into lockdown the evening of the 30th or on the 31st. I set mine on the 13th just after 2pm and I will be going into lockdown before bed on the Tuesday the 31st.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    The best info I can offer is: it's not rocket science! Enjoy your hatch, and day 18 or early day 19 will be fine. The biggest risk would be not going into lock down before that first pip.

    Correction: FIRST PIP!
     
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  4. coachYania

    coachYania Out Of The Brooder

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    My 18 day was Saturday at 8 pm, but I waited until this morning to monitor the humidity.
     
  5. muircheartaigh

    muircheartaigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Evening of the 30th it is. Thanks guys and gals. Pip message received. Next question, I am doing a dry hatch so what should i do for humidity at the beginning of lockdown? 60%?
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I do dry incubation but I go 75% for lockdown/hatch. The recommended is at least 65%. A lot depends on your habits and your incubator. If you are a strictly "hands off after lockdown" hatcher, then 65% would probably be fine for you. If you're anything like me, (I remove my chicks periodically through the hatch and if absolutely neccessary will assist.) Then 70%+ would probably be better. If you shoot for a higher percentage and you start to see condensation I would pull it back. In my opinion condensation is too much and some bators hit that point quicker than others.
     
  7. muircheartaigh

    muircheartaigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the tips. I will stick with 65% as suggested. Perhaps you can field a question about how to prevent eggs being kicked around after the furst few have hatched. I am positive i've lost eggs due to pipped shells being turned over and rendered incapable of unzipping the shells. Any thoughts?
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    The only thing that I know of is hatching them out in cut down cartons. I've never done it. I just remove my chicks. But it's one of the pros that people who hatch in cartons list.
     
  9. muircheartaigh

    muircheartaigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    What conditions are required for chick removal during lockdown?
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Depends on who you talk to...lol There are some people that do not believe you remove chicks until the hatch is over. They do not open that bator for any reason!! Then there's me and the others who defy this notion (most of us w/out dramatic consequences.) Humidity. I would only recommend it if you have high humidity (I have my humidity at 75% for hatch) and your bator regains humidity well. I pull my chicks out once I have more than one running around active and have started to dry off. I remove in groups. I do recognize the fact that everytime you open your bator it increases the chance of shrinkwrapping IF there is not adequate humidity to keep the air from drying the pipped chicks membranes. If you struggle to keep the humidity up in the bator or have a hard time getting it back up after opening, then it is much safer to leave them while there are others pipping. It's a personal choice and one the hatcher has to be comfortable making.
     

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