Can Baby Chickens Breathe inside Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nguyenkinhphuc2, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. nguyenkinhphuc2

    nguyenkinhphuc2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    It is day 21, and three of my eggs are hatched; however, I wonder if they have enough oxygen to breathe inside the incubator. Right now, both red vent plugs are still plugged in. Do I need to remove these plugs to get enough oxygen for them to breathe?

    Thanks,

    Felix.
     
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  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

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  3. nguyenkinhphuc2

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    Thanks for your reply. I'll remove one right now. And the humidity reading is 74%, I hope it is OK.
     
  4. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Found the paragraph!

    HATCHING: Once the eggs begin to hatch, humidity will naturally rise but don't open the incubator! Open 2nd red top vent plug. Wait until the majority of the eggs have hatched and dried before removing chicks, and then do it quickly, without disturbing the incubator & the remaining eggs. Pipping, can take up to 6 hrs for the chick to fully emerge, and a another 6 hrs for it to dry, fluff and begin to move around. Since the chicks have reserves of yolk to draw on, they don’t need to eat or drink for the first 24 hours after hatching and can be left in the incubator until the stragglers have had a chance to hatch.
     
  5. Sally Sunshine

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    [​IMG] yup remove both plugs! I see you found all my notes thrown into an article! [​IMG] I have used EVERYTHING in that article at this point! there are a few other good reads in my signature for later on down the road!

    Fingers Crossed, KIT let us know how how its going! I will keep an eye on your thread!! or your welcome to come join us in the incubating thread we hang out in, https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ell-detatched-shipped-eggs/3420#post_10232483 come on over and say hello and whatcha got going on in the bator! Its not just for shipped eggs anymore, its a great thread because most of us check in daily and someone is usually available to answer questions and give support!
     
  6. nguyenkinhphuc2

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    I am so excited. Twelve out of 41 were hatched so far. This morning, I removed both plugs since the humidity went up to 80%. (Last night, I removed only one plug) I still have another 24 hours since first chicken was hatched Monday morning. Thank you all for your replies! I'll keep you posted.
     
  7. Sally Sunshine

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    YAY!!!! CONGRATS!!! AWESOME!!!
     
  8. nguyenkinhphuc2

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    I got 30 chickens out of 41 eggs, so the rate is 75%. :) It is good for first time hatching, but I still need to improve. I heard that success rate for dry hatching could be 90% or more. Thank you all for your help!!!!!!!
     
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