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SURPRISE!!! Unexpected hatch.

post #1 of 8
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I have no idea what I'm doing. Two more are pipping. Do I leave them in the incubator until they all hatch? This is AMAZING!

First hatch

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post #2 of 8
Great job!! They can stay in the incubator for two days;) leave them alone. Let them dry and fluff, they may even knock into the other eggs or peck them.. All normal! So fun & great pics!!
post #3 of 8
Get your brooder box set up and warm.. When you open the cover you will let out A LOT of the much needed humidity the others need for hatching. You don't want them shrink wrapped because of low humidity. I'm not an expert, I've had my share of good hatches though and I would not open that incubator until at least Tuesday morning if this is all happening now (Sunday night) best of luck!!!
post #4 of 8
Congratulations clap.gif

I would wait at least 24 hours before opening and taking any hatched chicks out. Any that are still wet leve them in there. Opening may cause a loss in humidity but if you work quickly but safely you should be good. Fingers crossed all will be hatched in the 24 hours. When you move them to the brooder be sure to dip their beaks gently in the water to make sure they know where it is, you may to repeat this if they don't get the hang straight away. Tapping your finger in the crumb/starter will encourage them to check it out so they start eating. This is how a mother hen would introduce them to food.

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post #5 of 8
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I have 11 hatched, one dead after pipping and four that haven't pipped yet. I was opening the incubator to remove the shells but have stopped. The humidity level is coming up again. I set up the brooder this morning. They kept me up all night! I won't keep them in my bedroom next time. Thanks for your help. This is an amazing experience!

 

I have had difficulties keeping the temperature constant in the Little Giant still air incubator. To stabilize the temperature in the incubator, I have been keeping the entire bedroom at 70 degrees with an oil heater. I am considering converting my old refrigerator with the kit from incubator warehouse. I was looking at the IncuKit XL Advanced and a Humidikit. I'm not sure if I want to go another round with my current incubator!

A BLEEDING HEART DRAINS BLOOD FROM THE BRAIN.
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post #6 of 8
I'm happy for your hatch! It is amazing:yiipchick
post #7 of 8
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I had 13 chicks hatch. Two eggs are still in the incubator with no pips. I'm not sure how long to keep them in. Is it safe to assume they aren't hatching at this point?

I moved all 13 to the brooder at 1 a.m. so I could get some sleep. They're all doing fine this morning. Thanks for your help.

A BLEEDING HEART DRAINS BLOOD FROM THE BRAIN.
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post #8 of 8
I have had 2-3 days between hatchlings. I would give it one more day or do the "float test"
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