Advice needed....

Riocotesei

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Aug 15, 2008
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I need some advice, another chick has hatched and the other 2 that were first born are pecking at him. It doen't seem like they're trying to help, it kinda seems like they are hungery. The Hum is up to 92% which I think is too high it could drown the eggs that have not hatched yet. Should I go in there and try to take the two oldest and fluffed up babies out? I don't want to mess up the hatch, but I don't want the one to get hurt or the other eggs not hatch.....
 

Poulets De Cajun

Crowing
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hmmmm.... thats a hard decision to make. I've been in that position where an early hatcher was causing damage to the other eggs by running them over etc. I made the decision to take him out.

If you choose to go that route... DO IT QUICKLY and try to keep as much humid air in there as possible.
 

Riocotesei

Songster
11 Years
Aug 15, 2008
936
2
141
N.Texas
Yeah I have a quick plan if I choose to do it.... the reason I'm even considering it is cause the hum is soo high I can stand to loose a little. The two I want to take out are fluffy but there are 5 other in the process, I don't know what to do!
 

the simple life

Songster
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May 2, 2008
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I take them out too when they become a problem.
If the other eggs though are real close to hatching, like partway opend or whatever I would wait a little bit to give them a chance.
If it seems like they are going to be a while I would open it real quick and grab those babies.
Good luck with the rest of your hatch.
 

Riocotesei

Songster
11 Years
Aug 15, 2008
936
2
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N.Texas
Thanks for helping the newby

I've decided to do it, but I'm going to make sure the brooder is at the right temp.
Is 92 good? It's suppose to be 95 though huh?
 

Riocotesei

Songster
11 Years
Aug 15, 2008
936
2
141
N.Texas
I took the two out and they're doing good. That started eating food right away so I think they were hungry. Woo it's a frightening thrill to take them out like that.
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
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I take all my babies out after they hatch, sometimes when they are still wet (don't tell!
) I had one chick once that was probably almost 2 days old in the brooder, and put a newly hatched baby in with it. The older one started pecking almost immediately. They are omnivorous, which means meat and veggie eaters, and they are attracted to the color red. Well this little chick's fluff wasn't fluffing very well, so some of it's pink skin was showing. That's what the older chick was trying to get. Now, I always fluff my babies with a towel before putting them in with older chicks. But I haven't had any problems with it hurting the others that are hatching when I take the baby out. Heck, mine have all hatched early so far. One night, I was sitting on the floor candling the eggs, and heard a peep!! The eggs were all still in the turner, it was only about day 18, and I had 5 pips!! Everyone of them hatched with no problems. And I had the top off the bator for about 5-10 minutes!
 
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