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just hatched baby chick what to do?

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Hello, my first egg hatched about 2 hours ago, she is mostly dry but slightly damp looking on back, she is moving other eggs as she moves more. should I put her in the brooding box, if so what is the desired temp to watch for and signs of a struggle or signs she is doing well?

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She will be ok in the incubator until she is dry. it is unlikely she will damage the other eggs

When she is dry put her in the brooder. I don't know what brooder you are using but if you are using heating lamp. watch the chicks. if they go straight under the heating lamp it means they are so cold. if they go far from the heating lamp, it is very hot. if the are moving around normally, they are fine. 

Be careful not to put any deep water containers as they can easily drown, if there is any way they can put themselves in trouble they will.

If chicks are chirping loudly they are distressed. usually cold. 

They don't need any water or food for at least 24 hours

I found the best thing works for newly hatched chicks is the electric hen

Good luck.

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Best not to open the incubator while other eggs are pipped....

....and wait until at least one more chick is hatched and dry to put in brooder so they can keep each other company.

Best really to wait until all are hatched before moving any to brooder.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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