Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Elliemaeburt, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Elliemaeburt

    Elliemaeburt In the Brooder

    Aug 30, 2009
    I know what the term means, but when is it considered lockdown for the soon to be babies?

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Lockdown is a newly coined term here for the last three days. I've always called it Intense Bator Watch (IBW), at least in the past couple years. Anytime on day 18, when you stop turning the eggs and up the humidity is considered, well, the last three days.
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    The term is newly coined? But it is so apt!! I thought it had been around forever and that I just happened to learn it here. [​IMG]

    The reason it's so apt is that it reflects the importance of leaving the incubator SHUT during those critical last days, to prevent the egg membranes from drying out during the hatch. It is SO hard to leave it shut, that it feels like you practically have to lock it down. [​IMG]
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, usually, I just call it the Last Three Days, LOL.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by