Lockdown tomorrow :) Advise?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AR Country Chick, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. AR Country Chick

    AR Country Chick Out Of The Brooder

    23
    0
    22
    Nov 12, 2009
    I have 24 hours til I lockdown my bator for the 1st time ever. Any words of wisdom for a newbie?
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Watch your humidity and do not, I repeat do not open the bator. [​IMG] good luck!!
     
  3. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Quote:What she said!

    What kind of eggs & incubator do you have?

    I'll be right there along with you ~ I am locking down this afternoon!
     
  4. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    686
    1
    131
    Aug 2, 2010
    im locking down tomorrow too! i have cuckoo marans going in (cant remember how many). this will be my third hatch in my hovabator 1588. only advice i can give is get your humidity up there and once you have pips dont open the bator! good luck and we should keep this going to post how our hatch turns out! [​IMG]
     
  5. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
    green mountain state
    Quote:remember to have fun
     
  6. AR Country Chick

    AR Country Chick Out Of The Brooder

    23
    0
    22
    Nov 12, 2009
    Quote:What she said!

    What kind of eggs & incubator do you have?

    I'll be right there along with you ~ I am locking down this afternoon!

    I have 24 black copper marans "baking". I'll honestly be glad when its over I have been a nervous and more than slightly obsessed wreck for the past couple weeks. What kind do you have? Is this your 1st hatch?
     
  7. AR Country Chick

    AR Country Chick Out Of The Brooder

    23
    0
    22
    Nov 12, 2009
    So ... when they start pipping and zipping and all that good stuff do I wait until they are all completely hatched to open the bator?
     
  8. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    686
    1
    131
    Aug 2, 2010
    thats what is recomended. if you have a lot of chicks in there and they are dry you can sneak them out. be quick about it so you dont loose your humidity. i would hold off if you have some zipping tho because you could shrink wrap them. thats what i do.
     
  9. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Quote:What she said!

    What kind of eggs & incubator do you have?

    I'll be right there along with you ~ I am locking down this afternoon!

    I have 24 black copper marans "baking". I'll honestly be glad when its over I have been a nervous and more than slightly obsessed wreck for the past couple weeks. What kind do you have? Is this your 1st hatch?

    This is my 2nd for the year ~ in a Hovabator Genesis 1588. The 1st this spring I hatched my own Ameraucanas, EEs and bantam Cochins with 47 of 48 hatch. I now have 13 French Black Copper Marans (shipped) and more Ameraucanas, EEs and Banatam Cochins. I think that I have at least 3 duds in the FBCMs ~ I'm going to candle and weed them out before I lock down.

    I know how you feel ~ no matter how many times I hatch, I still get worried and lose sleep when lockdown comes! Wait until most/all hatch until getting them out. They can live on their absorbed yolk for up to 3 days and do not need food or water until then.
     
  10. kaitlyn_rae2003

    kaitlyn_rae2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

    314
    0
    109
    Jun 8, 2010
    Laconia NH
    I go into lockdown tonight too! This is my first hatch, most of them are mixes, with a few barred rocks, cochins, and frizzles. The rest are mixed crew. I didnt want to spend too much on eggs until I knew if I would be successful! Oh I also have 5 silkie eggs, and 2 BLRW. [​IMG] Yay for hatching buddies!! post pics when the magic happens! Good luck everyone![​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by