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Red vent plugs - quick question for lockdown.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mmmaddie13, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Mmmaddie13

    Mmmaddie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lockdown starts tonight, and I was planning on keeping both red plugs in - to keep humidity up - until they start hatching, then remove them so the babies can get some fresh air and start to dry.

    Is this right or should I leave them out the whole lockdown period?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just leave them out the entire time, but that's just me. [​IMG]
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Mine haven't been in for years!!
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    If you can keep the humidity where you want it, I'd take them out. The chicks need oxygen even when they are in the egg and they need even more with the exertion of hatching. If you can't keep your humidity where you want it, you can put one plug back in, but I really like the extra fresh air.

    Once they start hatching, expect the humidity to go way up even if the vents are open.

    Some people leave them in and do OK, but I consider it better if you can take them out. It is one of those things that improve your odds a bit but you have to use your best judgement. Humidity is probably more important.
     
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Oxygen is more important than humidity during the hatch. I never leave my vent plugs in. I don't even know where they are.
     
  6. redhd077

    redhd077 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:OH how i wish i would have known! [​IMG] live and learn right.
     
  7. Mmmaddie13

    Mmmaddie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  8. Coopa Cabana

    Coopa Cabana My Coop Runneth Over . . .

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    I never use my plugs, either. sackman has a great page on high-altitude hatching for here in Colorado.
     
  9. redhd077

    redhd077 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The book that comes with the bator says remove 1 and then on day 18 remove the other.
     
  10. Coopa Cabana

    Coopa Cabana My Coop Runneth Over . . .

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