Lockdown question, do I lower the temp too??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkies mama, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. silkies mama

    silkies mama In the Brooder

    May 28, 2013
    Tomorrow is lockdown. Boy that took forever to get here. I need to know, what temp do I lower my incubator to?

    I have a forced air incubator. Its digital and I kept it at 99.5. I kept the humidity to about 35% most of the time. I read somewhere that since the humidity goes up during lockdown, the heat should go down a little bit. So if thats true, what temp do I lower to?

    I`m hatching, one turkey egg, about 10 silkies and a few brahmas. Thanks for any input.
  2. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Songster

    Jul 18, 2012
    Carmel Valley, CA
    I would love to know the answer to this as well. I lowered the temp for my turkey eggs in my forced air incubator from 99.5 to 99, but that was just a guess. I read this article which I found partially helpful: http://www.porterturkeys.com/egghatchingtips.htm

    Unfortunately, when he discusses lowering the temp upon raising humidity, he does not specify still or forced air temp.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    .5 degree is not very much. if you didn't lower it it may not make much diff. I dry hatch my still air bator eggs, okay after the internal pip- I may toss in a 1/2 wrung out paper towel. but I just keep the box closed. if you ever do open the box, you can feel it is moist in the box with out doing anything.

    the healthiest chicks hatch first, and if a chick doesn't hatch, it can be blamed on fishing the newly hatched chick out of the bator as the reason the rest didn't hatch but I think it is too easy to place the blame there., I had it way too moist one time I had a yougurt cup of water in my bator, on post hatch I opened unhatched eggs I could tell it was too moist (yes I had plenty of air holes) so my worrying about not enough water killed my chicks.

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