lockdown date unknown advice ?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MSH, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. MSH

    MSH Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2011
    Cleveland , Georgia
    ok so lockdown I was guessing would be monday but when I candled it looked closer so I waited and put it into lockdown today do you think if it's a couple days early it will hurt it ? or even a couple days late ?>
  2. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2010
    Do you know how long it has been incubating??
  3. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

    Nov 5, 2010
    Australia :)
    I have no advice but I'll be watching for replies.

    I have 40+ eggs with unknown lockdown dates because my sneaky broodies had other hens laying in their nests and I have due dates all over the place. [​IMG]
  4. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    If you candle them and see that the chick has broken into the airsac, that usually means you have 24-48 hours before it hatches. I wouldn't raise the humidity too much yet if its possible that your a few days early, too high humidity can drown the chick in the shell.
  5. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    I'm no expert on hatching. DOne a few, read a lot.

    I have a number of eggs removed from a broody after the inital hatch of eggs ( lady friends kept dropping eggs on the broody) so I continued the incubating in my incubators. Clearly there was no way to know the hatch date. So I didn't know when to go into lockdown. I have had many of them hatch; about 10 or more.

    I keep turning the eggs and when I see a pip I stick in warm wet sponges. Sometimes I miss seeing the pip and it hatches anyways.

    I don't know if this is typical or not . . . just passing on my experience. [​IMG]

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