Lockdown is tomorrow 3/31! Questions, HELP!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Wensleydale Farms, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Wensleydale Farms

    Wensleydale Farms Out Of The Brooder

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    My lockdown is tomorrow!! What do I need to know besides taking the eggs out of the turner and not opening the incubator? This is only my second time hatching. My first hatch I only had 3 hatch.
     
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  2. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    first congrats!! [​IMG]

    next, make sure to bump your humidity up. What is the humidity right now????
     
  3. Wensleydale Farms

    Wensleydale Farms Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! after I read this and bumped up the humidity to about 50%. Does it need to be higher?
     
  4. Farmin Momma

    Farmin Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, for lockdown it should be about %75-80.
     
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMO 75-80% is too high. I use dry incubation and only add water at lockdown. I add enough warm water to bring humidity to about 60%. When the chicks start hatching, the humidity will rise on its own due the to wet chicks. I remove my chicks when they are dry and active, but I do wait until there are several to remove at once as to minimize the number of times the incubator is opened during lockdown. Also, it's o-kay to let the temp fall a bit if the chicks are going to spend a day or more in the incubator. I went into lockdown tonight as well. When I placed the eggs in lockdown, there were already 2 pips in the tiny game eggs.
     
  6. laura877

    laura877 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did the dry method for the first time and had almost a 72% hatch rate. I kept my humidity at 65%. There were times that it dropped and I got some hot water out of the faucet and put a couple of capfuls (pop bottle caps) in. I was using a still air incubator.
     
  7. Wensleydale Farms

    Wensleydale Farms Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, Thank You all for the responses. I have bumped up the humidity to about 65%. I keep checking on it to see if anything has happened yet and am trying hard to sit on my hands.
     
  8. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hang in there and Good Luck!!! [​IMG]

    Keep us posted!!!
     

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