Ok Said I Wouldn't Post But.. Do I Go Into Partial Lockdown!?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jfulcher, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    End of day 13 for a staggard hatch... Do I do a partial lockdown???? Only opening to turn the younger eggs quickly!? Do I mist when I open!? Sorry if I seem stupid I am new... Button quail eggs btw... Please someone tell me exactly what to do???
  2. llaaadyel

    llaaadyel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Lower NY
    I actually just went through the same thing with chicken and pheasant eggs. They were supposed to come within a day of one another and the pheasant eggs were delayed. I incubated normally until the chicken eggs needed to go to lockdown. I managed to put the pheasant eggs in an area of the incubator that was easily accessible from the side so that I only had to crack the incubator open a tiny bit. I did not mist the chicken eggs at all when I turned the pheasant eggs, I moved very fast and the humidiy didn't budge. Once I had my first pip, I fashioned a coat hanger by bending the end so it was blunt and went through a vent to turn the pheasant eggs. My motivation was that I really wanted a good silkie hatch and wasn't going to risk opening the incubator after a pip. I was lucky that 4 hatched within 18 hours and I was able to resume hand turning the pheasant eggs pretty fast.

    I candled the pheasants and all looks great.

    Good luck
  3. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Urg I wish we used wire hangers!!!!! That is a good idea!!!!!

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