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Slipping day olds under broody, can I stagger them?

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I have two eggs and we are about half way through day 21. One hatched around 11pm last night, the other hasn't pipped yet but I've seen the egg wiggle.

How long can I keep the first one in the incubator waiting for the second? My last hatch the only egg that hatched was day 25.

If I have to move it under the broody, can I add the second one later if it hatches in a few days time?

She is a really placid broody btw.
Edited by appps - 10/9/15 at 1:42pm

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our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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I have two eggs and we are about half way through day 21. One hatched around 11pm last night, the other hasn't pipped yet but I've seen the egg wiggle.

How long can I keep the first one in the incubator waiting for the second? 24 hours. My last hatch the only egg that hatched was day 25.

If I have to move it under the broody, can I add the second one later if it hatches in a few days time? Put the new chick under the hen at night./COLOR]

She is a really placid broody btw.
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From what I've read chicks can survive on thear yolk for 72 hours after hatch. He'll be fine in the incubator for a couple days. Your hen should take in the other chick if you decide to move them seperately. Mine always have. I would probably wait at least a day before you open the incubator though so you don't mess up the humidity. Good luck smile.png
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I've left chicks in the incubator a good 48 hours before moving to the brooder and they've done fine. I figure the hatcheries stick them in a box and ship them across the country before they eat or drink and the vast majority of them do just fine, so chilling in my incubator is no big thing.

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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