Friday May 28, 2010
It's Lockdown Day!
Today's the day we stop turning the eggs, stop opening the incubator and increase the humidity - thus called a "lockdown". This is so the chicks can get in position to hatch. The humidity is increased so the shell stays soft and they can hatch out.
Getting the eggs and incubator ready for lockdown.
I arranged the eggs, added sponges and a mug of water.
How can you add water to the incubator without opening the lid? A straw! We positioned the butter dish with sponges right under the hole. We can use a long straw to direct the water into the dish.
Before I closed the lid, I made sure to write down where all the eggs were so we know which ones are hatching.
Which egg do you think will hatch first?
The viable eggs are:
White Eggs: w2, w3, w4, w5, w6, w7, w8, w9, w11
Brown Eggs: b1, b2, b3, b4, b5, b6, b7, b9, b10, b11, b12, b13
* Disclaimer! Even the most experienced people who incubate eggs, don't have all the viable eggs hatch. Plus, we really couldn't candle most of the brown eggs, because of their brown shell. Our goal is to have 50% of the eggs hatch, so don't be sad if your egg doesn't hatch. It's mother nature!