Hi there, I have a NEW chick hatching as I type!
I have had 2 eggs in a make shift incubate box. Box within a box. I have had a heat light over the box, in the smaller box, I have some hay, small cup with water in corner, lid on with corner open a bit for air. Temperature kept at 99 for the last 21 days. I kept turning the eggs myself every few hours round the clock and at night a couple times. I kept the temp down to 93ish the last few days though.
TODAY one of the eggs started to pip! Chick is pecking the hole and peeping very loud. The other egg is not yet. Question? Should I move out some of the hay so the chick doesn't stick to it, if a bit gooey? Should I keep the chick in the same smaller box with other egg or more it just to the outside in the bigger box? LIke I said, I have a larger box, about 2 feet by 2 1/2 feet and have the smaller box setting inside that box. The smaller box is about 1 foot wide and 10" long. I am so excited!
Also, once chick is out,,,,,,,should I wait to offer water? I know to wait to give food? HELP please.
OH We do have chickens in our back yard, so can't introduce this one to them. Will build another coop for these if all goes well with them.