What is lockdown?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by imaskypilot, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. imaskypilot

    imaskypilot In the Brooder

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    Is this when the eggs are put in the hatcher? Does it mean you can't candle them until hatch?
     
  2. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Songster

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    lockdown is day 18 to 21 when you never never open the bator no matter what [​IMG]
     
  3. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

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    i guess you could refer to it as that [​IMG] i always thought it meant "lights out and in your cells" in prison....

    i've handled eggs during the hatch, but i keep it at a minimum and ONLY if i have to, to refill the water pans and such. [​IMG] a lot of people say you NEVER EVER EVER open the incubator, but i do it and it doesn't seem to effect anything much as long as your temp doesn't swing around a whole lot.
     
  4. imaskypilot

    imaskypilot In the Brooder

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    Thanx

    Yeah - it seems that you would have to open to add water and maintain humidity!
     
  5. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Songster

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    I never open I use a syringe and a mcdonalds straw if i need to up the humidity... [​IMG]
     
  6. Bullet

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    I've opened my bator many times during 18-21 and I haven't had any problems!
     
  7. imaskypilot

    imaskypilot In the Brooder

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    I think I'll take the safe route as it is my first time, soda straw & syringe it is. Thanx to all.
     
  8. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Songster

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    Good LUCK to you on your first Hatch!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

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    If you fill your water troughs on day 18, you should not have to open it again until the hatch is over. I never found a need to open it until the chicks are fluffy and ready to be moved to the brooder. Good luck with your hatches. [​IMG]
     
  10. DANNY

    DANNY Songster

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    It will not hurt to open the incubator. Some people make way too much of this and scare inexperienced people into being paranoid about it. The onlly thing it does when you open the bator is you loose a little heat and humidity. The humidity is easily replaced by spraying the eggs with warm water before you close it back up and as far as heat goes it only takes a few minutes for the incubator to heat back up. Folks don't need to worry so much and have a little fun with it.
     

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