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They Still Hatched And No Lockdown

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lacrystol, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

    Jun 13, 2009
    Diamond, Ohio
    I have a homemade incubator, I put some eggs in, they went into lockdown about a week ago but here's the kicker, I didn't change anything. I didn't change the temp nor did I change the humidty nothing, the only thing I did differently was not turn them. I opened the incubator up about 2 times a day as if I was still turning them and they STILL hatched. ALL 10 Eggs still hatched and I did nothing differently.... So it makes me wonder why we have lockdown???
  2. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    [​IMG] huh, good question! [​IMG]
  3. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    SW Iowa
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have heard the same thing about not opening the incubator during lock down. A Broody doesn't lock down. My hatches have been successful. I open up the incubator and take out the chicks as they hatch, along with their shells and the chicks go into the brooder to dry off.
  5. DirtCreature

    DirtCreature Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    Olympia, Washington
    thank you for this link. this thread gave me some hope about staggering hatches!

    My bf posed this question for me today, and was saying about how chicken on there own dont change anything and they get eggs to hatch.... hmmmmmm [​IMG]
  6. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Elgin, TX
    I have always thought people on here get a little nutty about lockdown. I ocasionally open my incubator and take out chicks when there are a lot of them. I have also opened it to turn eggs in staggered hatches during the lockdown period.
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I find out is about 6 days. Lockdown in 3. I'll leave everything the same and see. Just unplug the turner. [​IMG]
  8. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i've gotten a bit worried about lockdown myself. but all the time i must say, i've wondered the same thing. a hen doesn't lockdown and her humidity doesn't increase does it? [​IMG]
  9. DirtCreature

    DirtCreature Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    Olympia, Washington
    Ive decided I'm going to do it. Keep everything the same and stagger hatches in the same bator. wish me luck. and i will keep you all posted.

    Are you going to be doing the same thing? If a couple people are, we should start a thread for staggering hatches in the same bator, so even future people cant look back if they have questions, and if thing go terribly wrong (knock on wood they wont) at least i will be able to see what happened and make it a learning experience
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012
  10. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    well, my bator is so full, i had to take out the egg turner. i have 16 shipped silkie eggs, 12 shipped EE eggs, 7 local bantams and i THINK 36 barnyard mixes in there (local). so i can't have a staggered hatch this time. but i think it would be an EXCELLENT experiment to learn from! what i CAN do though is do nothing different at lockdown, just stop turning. that's another question i have had in the past though.....do the hens stop turning near the end?

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