This is my first time using an incubator. I've had my chickens for 1 year this week and I had to give the incubator a try.
O.k. Serious questions considering it is Spring! I have, in my incubator, at this very moment, 8 eggs. 4 green ones from my EE and 4 brown ones from one of the other hens, not sure who mom is for them. I have 1 egg that was placed in the incubator on the 18th of March, 2 were placed in on the 20th, 1 on the 22nd, 1 on the 23rd, 1 on the 24th and 2 on the 25th. 1st one is due to hatch on April 8th and so on. I do know that three days before hatching I should not turn them, because they are getting in position. My questions is... because they are all due to hatch throughout that week, I will need to open the incubator briefly to move them to their brooder. Am I endangering the chicks by doing this? I obviously didn't think things through. Chicks weren't really laying steadily and I wanted to get what I could and hope for good fertility. Turns out all the brown eggs are showing signs of movement and are progressing nicely. At least one of the green eggs is a go as well.. I did see movement. The green eggs are so hard to see inside, so I am unsure about the other three at this stage.. they are only from the 23rd on. I am so nervous. They are alive and doing well, and I don't want to make any wrong moves. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
What do I do on hatch day? I know I should not help the chick and it could take like 18 hours or longer to completely hatch.... because they are not all hatching together... I'm just nervous.