Lockdown ?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by atm21, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. atm21

    atm21 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 1, 2016
    I'm incubating eggs and I've heard from everyone that day 18 is lockdown day. My question is do I lockdown in the morning of 18 or the night of after I've turned them for day 18?
  2. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2015
    On day 18 they don't need to be turned, so I would go with morning, that's when I always do lockdown.
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Anytime on day 18 is fine. After day 14 they don't really need to be turned as all their parts/limbs etc should be fully formed and developed by then. Turning is done so all these things develop correctly and the nutrients are moved around the egg and the embryo. Turning is often stopped on day 18 as this is tied in with putting your humidity up for hatch and it's easier to do the both at the same time.

    Good luck and I hope you have a great hatch :fl
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2016
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  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    xs 2

    I''m one of the few that stop turning at day 14, but I lockdown day 18 and I do it whenever I have the time that day. Sometimes it's early day 18 sometimes it's late day 18.
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