To Lock Down or Not to Lock Down?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hillbrothers eggs, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. hillbrothers eggs

    hillbrothers eggs Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2009
    Placerville, CA
    Hi All,

    Hope everyone had a great Christmas!!!

    I have a dilemma that I hope I can get a quick answer for. I have eggs 8 eggs in the incubator that are due to go into lock down tomorrow. They were set in incubator at 2 pm on Dec. 9th. I just candled them today and some of them still look pretty underdeveloped. That is, they are not filling up most of the egg. There is still movement in the eggs so I know that are still alive. On some of the eggs you can only see through a small part of the egg, so those ones seem to be more developed.

    The dilemma that I am having is that I go to work for two days and would have to lock them down in the morning before leaving. Even though the chicks are not filling up most of the egg, would it hurt them if I put them in lock down or should I wait till Wednesday to put them into lock down? If I wait till Wednesday, that would only give them one day before hatch day according to the 21 day schedule. Now I know that they will hatch when they are ready. My concern is getting the humidity too high and not turning them if they are not ready.

    Any suggestions would be helpful.

  2. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    I would go ahead & lockdown tomorrow as schedule, I dont make exceptions for slow developing eggs, there is a reason why they are dragging behind, if they dont hatch on time leave them in a little longer.
  3. hillbrothers eggs

    hillbrothers eggs Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2009
    Placerville, CA
    Thanks, That was what I was thinking.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
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