20+ chicks in that little incubator seems too crowded. Advice?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hoog, May 3, 2011.

  1. hoog

    hoog Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know I am not supposed to open the incubator until they have all hatched. My question is wont it get crowded in there it’s the Brinsea Octagon 24 Advanced and it has 22 viable eggs (I candled before lockdown a couple days ago).

    If I am not supposed to open until they all hatch wont they be crammed in there?

    Will they have enough room?
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    With all honasty I do not think it would hurt them to be a bit crowded for a little while. Have you ever

    seen how crowded hatchery 'bators get once their chicks hatch? [​IMG] But you can go ahead and take some

    out if you wish. Open the incubator slowly, so that a gust of cold air does not come rushing in.

  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    First off if they all hatch at once, contact Guiness Book of World Records. What I mean is there will be a point where there are no more pips and you can snatch them out. For me, without fail, every hatch that has happened.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The only time I take the chicks out of the incubator is at least 8 hours later, if not overnight AND there are no active pips or zips happening in the 'bator. If there are, I do not open the incubator.

    They won't all hatch at once. You should be able to snatch some out, quickly, if there aren't any pips or zips. Your incubator recovers heat and humidity really quickly. Also, once the first chick hatches, the incubator humidity will go sky high anyway.

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