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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by XcluckyX, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. XcluckyX

    XcluckyX Just Hatched

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    Ok so today is day 18 I'm wondering do I turn them off the side they spent the night on and then lockdown and not touch or do I just lockdown and not turn?
    Cheers
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    I usually set them with the drop down side of the air cell facing up so that I can see when they pip. Otherwise, it doesn't really matter :)
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    It don't matter, but if you want, flip them and lock down. What does lock Down mean to you? Do you plan to increase the humidity?
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Me too. I mark the air cells day 18 and face the side they should pip on up so I can watch for the pips. Turning doesn't matter as chicken eggs don't need to be turned after 2 weeks.
     
  5. ChickenPooDo

    ChickenPooDo Out Of The Brooder

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    I a starting day 21 at midnight tonight, so excited. I have mine sitting upright in an egg carton. Do they always pip on the fat end? A couple eggs are fat and I'm worried they won't be able to get out lol

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  6. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    I always lay them down to hatch and don't hatch upright unless there's a problem with the air cell. But yes, they always pip on the fat end unless they are malpositioned (turned the wrong way in the egg).
     
  7. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If 21 days starts tonight at midnight----and there is no pips yet----your incubator might be running a little cool. What day/date did you set them on?
     
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  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Times two. I'd check the thermometers. You did not count the day you set as day 1, right?
     
  9. ChickenPooDo

    ChickenPooDo Out Of The Brooder

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    Put the eggs in 12am on 2/5. I have an internal digital that has been consistent at 100 (rounds number up) and my incubator has been consistent at 99.5 give or take fluctuations of a half degree or so. I'm on day 20 until midnight tonight. Candled at day 18 and saw chicks moving. Hopefully we did everything right
     
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  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    If you put them in on 2/5 then their hatch day is 2/26. You don't count the day you set, count starts 24 hours after set. You are using a forced air incubator?
     
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