Originally Posted by nothingbutbirds
ya i dont look forward to having to help chicks either but i would feel horrible not giving them a chance at life. i need to figure out if a still air or circulated air incubator is better so far im thinking the still air since iv had good hatches whith them once youve seen quail hatch chickens feel like they take forever.
Everyone has their preferences,,,, I used a still air for my first hatch,,,, had a very bad hatch, not that it was all due to the incubator,,,,, now I use a circulated air,,, it's more stable and the number of chicks that develop fully is much higher,,,, giving some thought to using the fan incubator and then putting them in the still bator on day 18,,, I do think the fan dries them out a bit, even humidity is high enough.
Now, when I assist eggs, I place them in the still to let them finish off,,, seems to be working.
Granted I'm very new to this,,,, so still looking for what works best.
As for those who say you shouldn't help chicks at hatch,,, I strongly disagree,,, once their out, they as strong as the ones that did it themselves, no obvious problems with them that I can see, even as they grow up. I have helped alot of my chicks in the hatches I've done, I even helped 2 peeps that the hen was hatching.
Edited by Ray from PA - 10/11/12 at 6:13pm