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Trying to understand "Lock down"?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by topeka, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. topeka

    topeka Songster

    May 17, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Lock down is scheduled for 9:30 am tomorrow. I plan on following "the book" and leaving the bator closed but......

    What exactly is the purpose of lock down?

    If I candled the eggs on the 18th 19th or even the 20th day how am I harming the chicks?

  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    You are changing the humidity of the incubator (and the temp) every time you open it up. Humidity at lockdown should be higher than the rest of the incubation period, to prevent the chick from dehydrating/drying out. If the chick drys out too much, it will stick to the membrane and will not be able to hatch.
  3. Bring

    Bring Songster

    Jul 16, 2009
    New Mexico
    Also, the last three days you don't turn the eggs so the chick can position itself correctly for hatching.
  4. Jess N Jeff

    Jess N Jeff Songster

    Oct 25, 2009
    South San Diego, Cali
    Quote:In complete aggreement!!! Humidity is soooooo important. The first time you see one of your babies glued to the side of the egg dead, you will understand. Its so hard not to mess with them once they are on lockdown, but trust me....sit on your hands and leave the babies alone.

    Good luck with your hatch [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2010

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