What is lockdown?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ih66series, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never incubated eggs before and would like to in the near future. I think I understand everything except for "lockdown". How do you know when an egg is in lockdown and what exactly is it?
     
  2. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:on day 18 you stop turning your eggs and you put them on the wirerack of the incubator and you dont open the incubator lid thats lockdown
     
  3. chicksntexas

    chicksntexas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As floridachickhatcher said...from day 18 on, the eggs are not turned or moved so the chicks can get themselves situated to hatch. So, on day 18, temps are steady, humidity is raised to 65-70% and the incubator is not opened (it's 'locked down' ) until the chicks hatch!
     
  4. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok...thanks
     
  5. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    It should also be added that you lock yourself down to keep from looking thru the windows every 5 min for pips and zips and trying to help out in the process and keep yourself from going crazy waiting and worrying. If you've never done it, you'll soon find out that it's nerve racking as hell.
     
  6. chicksntexas

    chicksntexas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] so true!
     
  7. Jessie66

    Jessie66 Out Of The Brooder

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    What if your eggs are under a broody hen? Should you not let her off the eggs during this time? whenever my hen sits back on her eggs she tucks them under her, is this ok? the eggs get shuffled around when she sits back on them. Should I not let her off the nest after 18 days? [​IMG]
     

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