Lockdown question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rescuedrvr4u, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Rescuedrvr4u

    Rescuedrvr4u In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2011
    What is lockdown? I'm pretty sure I know, but want my thoughts confirmed. Also, what should temp/humidity be during? If I have eggs due on 3 different consecutive days, how will "lockdown" be affected?

  2. ChickenPrnces

    ChickenPrnces Songster

    Jan 2, 2012
    Deerfield, NH
    Lockdown is the last three days of incubation! During that time you do not turn the eggs anymore! The temp is kept at 99.5 and humidity raised to 65% - 70%! I also have eggs hatching 3 different days and was told to get a second still air incubator ($45) for each lockdown set! My hatches are the 17th, 22nd and 29th of January with the ducks taking the longest! If your hatches are one each day in a row then i'm not quite sure how that would work for lockdown! Hope I helped at least alittle!
  3. What I would do is have a spray can of water, and when you open the incubator to get the chicks out give the unhatched eggs a squirt of water. This should keep the eggs moist enough so the hatch isn't affected if you 'break' lockdown. [​IMG] Another word of advice, try not to put eggs in the inc. so close in time to one another. I usually go for three to ten days before I set each batch. [​IMG] Hope I helped.

    God bless,

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