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How long can chicks stay in bator, and can they go right outside??

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I got some day old chicks earlier in the week, they went straight to the barn with a heat lamp and they have been fine. I also have some in my incubator that are about to hatch.
Since this is my first hatch I don't quite know what to do! I know you are supposed to let them dry off in the incubator and not to open it if others are pipping. So I'd like to know how long it's okay for them to stay in the incubator after they hatch, and if once they are hatched and dried can I put them right outside in the barn with the other chicks under the light?? My husband doesn't really want them in the house. The other chicks are only 3 days old at this point so they should be less than a week apart in age.


Edited by mommyofthree - 4/14/11 at 8:21am
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There suppose to go from bator(after they dry) to a brooder with heat lamp. temp 98-99 I believe  then drop temp by 5 degree each week after. They need to stay warm with no cold drafts. Good luck,  ~Julie~  jumpy

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Take a look at the BYC's Home Page, then under Raising Chickens 101,  look where it says How To Care For A Chick - First 60 Days  there is some great & helpful info.}}  I hope this is helpful.  Good luck,  ~Julie~

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