rookie with an incubator gettin ready for lockdown...when to lock down

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickaroo3, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. chickaroo3

    chickaroo3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Alright I guess I could have timed it a little better...when exactly do I need to remove the turner and raise the humidity...Day 18 starts tuesday afternoon and wouldnt you figure I will be at work. I leave for work at 1130 AM and dont get back til around 1AM....I put the eggs in the incubator around 4 or 5 PM on Friday February 10th....Should I wait til I get home or should I do it before I leave for work? ....Decisions .....decisions....I only put 8 eggs in and all are doing great....i dont want to blow it now...help....I really want all 8 to make it [​IMG]
     
  2. bloonskiller911

    bloonskiller911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i wouldn't think it will matter those few hours either way. i would personally do it when you get off of work, but that is just me. what type of incubator and turner did you use? <----not that it matters i was just curious.
     
  3. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member

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    I asked the same question way back during my first hatch, a month ago. After you get home should be fine. Someone told me the Brinsea Auto incubator stops turning at end of day 18' start of day 19 exactly.
     
  4. chickaroo3

    chickaroo3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am using the hovabator 1602N....still air not forced air. I picked up the egg turner at the last second from Tractor Supply...I believe it is a little giant...both have done an excellent job so far. I had a little scare in the begining with the temp being a little too high, but it balance right out...am very pleased ....all 8 eggs appear to be right on track as far as candling goes. I have 2 speckled sussex, 2 polish, 2 silkie, and 2 silkie X frizzle cochins (Sizzle???)....anyone interested in any of these...I might keep a speckled and or a sizzle, but am going to give the rest away....hopefully my hatch goes well...nervous about the whole drowning chick thing, but humidity has been right at 35 to 37 percent and I can see good air pockets in all the eggs....will bump humidity up on lock down.
     
  5. Barred Rocker

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    I would go ahead and lock them down before you leave for work tuesday although I doubt it would matter if you waited till you got home that night. You mainly need the extra humidity while they're in the process of hatching. Once they pip, the membrane could dry up once it's exposed to air hence the extra humidity. I wouldn't stress too much either way. It's rare that a chick will hatch before day 19 unless your temps have been too high. Good luck!
     
  6. bloonskiller911

    bloonskiller911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so how did the hatch go?!?!?!?!
     
  7. chickaroo3

    chickaroo3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry that it took me so long to reply...family emergency...I did VERY well thanks to everyone here! 7 out of 8 eggs hatched! I ended up with 2 speckled sussex...sooo cute....2 polish (cone heads)....and the last 3 are up for grabs...I am unsure if I have 1 silkie and 2 frizzle cochin/ silkie mixes (sizzles)...or the other way around... ...I am absolutely in love with the sussex and the sizzles (i believe there are two)...

    THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
     
  8. bloonskiller911

    bloonskiller911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have speckled sussex myself great birds and congrats to you!!
     
  9. shanachie05

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    I'm looking forwrad to some speckled sussex soon. I havent hatched yet, but i am planning to. Just excited for you with your successful hatching! Yay!
    Sizzle? Frillie?
     

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