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When to remove automatic egg turner

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by littledon, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. littledon

    littledon Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't been here in a while. I have always had great results with hatching. I haven't hatched any for a while and I can't remember when I took the automatic egg turner out. Your thoughts.
     
  2. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ON day 18, the day you begin lockdown.
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Lockdown for most people is day 18 and that is when they stop turning and lay the eggs down. It is also when you higher the humidity. Good luck!!
     
  4. littledon

    littledon Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I know that they hatch in 21 days and what happens if you open the incubator when they start pecking . They are punctual aren't they.
     
  5. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Punctual? An animal? Never! LOL!!! I've had some not hatch until day 25 and some are known for hatching early. When you open your incubator during the crucial lock down period you allow both heat and needed humidity to escape. By doing so, you could end up with shrink wrapped chicks.
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    It depends. If you have sufficient humidity and your incubator recovers quickly after opening, chances of anything happening are slim. If you hold the incubator open and let cool air blow across your pipped eggs, drying out the membranes or run with too low humidity you'll probably dry the membranes and glue the chick so that it can't move.

    I am a meddler. I am constantly opening my bator during hatch. I remove chicks, remove shells flip over pippers that have been knocked over, assist if needed and rewet my sponges. I have NEVER lost a pipper/zipper. I have NEVER shrink wrapped a chick. My hatches are 90-100% and my chicks are hatched out healthy with next to no after hatch mortality.

    It's all about precaution. Can opening the bator harm anything? Chances are slim, especially if you take the right precautions.
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Depending on how steady and accurate your temps are most healthy chicks will hatch between 19-22 days. The farther you get from 21 days the higher possibilities that the chicks will have development/health problems.
     

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