What does lockdown mean?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicken Charlotte, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Chicken Charlotte

    Chicken Charlotte Out of the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2010
    I always have heard of lockdown on day 18 and I know it means something everytime it gets to day 18 I dont touch the eggs what does it really mean?
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    well...where i work, it means we put the inmates to bed...
    here, i think it's when you leave the eggs alone until they hatch (barring any mechanical issues).
    Anyone...am I right?
  3. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    I really don't like the term, what people are saying, is they are moving the eggs from turning tray to hatching tray, if using a turner or if hand turning they stop, then keep hands off the incubator till hatch, generally that happens day 18, but can be as early as day 14

    my spelling is bad tonight
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2011
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    It's just a term that someone here started which only means the last 3 days of incubation you are not suppose to open the incubator. You are suppose to candle one last time on the evening of day 18, add your water to reach the correct humidity levels and then no opening the bator til your hatch is done.

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