Advice on removing hatched chicks...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by misskeeter, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. misskeeter

    misskeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay... So I know you aren't supposed to turn eggs during the last three days. I did that with my first hatch ever last year. I also followed the advice of leaving the hatched chicks in until they were all dry. I ended up with several eggs that never hatched, and I assumed it was because they got knocked around so much after the first babies hatched. This year I decided I was going to set up a second incubator and transfer chicks the minute they hatched to keep them from knocking around the others, but I read last night to keep them in...


    SO...

    Advice: Do I remove them to a second bator set up with the same temp and humidity to keep them from knocking the others around , or do I leave them in and let them just knock away.

    I am worried about disturbing and drowning/suffocating chicks who were in the right position then knocked into a bad position. Is this crazy?
     
  2. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is exactly the setup I have. As soon as I see a chick hatched and completely out of the shell, they get moved into a "transitional" incubator. I don't put any humidity in it, but you could I guess just not too high. I let them stay there for about 24 hours, then they get moved to the brooder. This method has worked well for me and I have had less losses of other eggs...
     
  3. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you should just leave them in. You don't want to let out needed humidity for unhatched eggs. Here is hatching instructions from a wonderful member that shares her wealth of knowledge https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101. Good Luck on your hatch.
     
  4. misskeeter

    misskeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See.. that's what I was hoping to avoid, the losses of other eggs due to knocking them around. I know we aren't supposed to turn them during lockdown for a reason, because they can drown or have trouble pipping etc...
     
  5. misskeeter

    misskeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll go check that link now.
     
  6. ChckenBoy13

    ChckenBoy13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Eggs getting knocked around happens a little bit when a hen hatches her eggs naturally so I see no need to worry. I would leave the chicks in there to keep from losing necessary humidity. I usually just leave my chicks in there because, for the first 8 or so hours, the chicks barely move around since they don't have the energy to move around. My hatches have been very successful and I usually don't have a problem with hatches being interrupted by other chicks. In all honesty, though, I prefer letting the hens hatch the eggs the natural way [​IMG]
     
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  7. misskeeter

    misskeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :) I'd love for a hen to hatch eggs naturally, but I don't see me getting permission to bring a fully grown hen in to my classroom. :)
     
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  8. ChckenBoy13

    ChckenBoy13 Out Of The Brooder

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    That would be interesting [​IMG]
     
  9. misskeeter

    misskeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh quite interesting I'm sure... and if I could figure out a way to work it, I totally would. LOL

    You don't know how much I mean it... I have snakes in the classroom, and I do all sorts of stuff with my students. LOL
     
  10. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very interesting.[​IMG]
     

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