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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rescuedrvr4u, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Rescuedrvr4u

    Rescuedrvr4u In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2011
    I had 20 eggs in my incubator. Unfortunatly, being new, I staggered them. I have learned my lesson. Anyhoo...10 of the babies have hatched and most of them are dry.With them moving and running around, they are rolling the other eggs around and bumping them into each other. They also were pecking at one of the other chicks who had just pipped and had his little beak sticking out. I think this is why it went the whole 21 days, pipped, then died. I'm afraid if I open the bator to get them out, even quickly, I might cause damage to the rest of the eggs. I know I'm not supposed to open it, but I don't want this to happen to any other babies, and I need to feed the ones that are already out.

  2. TaylorHobbyFarms

    TaylorHobbyFarms Songster

    Dec 2, 2010
    When you feel it is time to open the incubator and get the hatched chicks out, at least spray the remaining eggs thoroughly with warm water. Since I have started doing this, my hatch rate has vastly improved. The problem with opening the incubator is that humidity quickly drops and any eggs that are pipped dry out quickly. The spray bottle will at least temporarily add humidity to the incubator and help the eggs if directly added to them. All this being said, the longer you can wait to open it, the better.

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