Chick Moving Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Layla1223, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Layla1223

    Layla1223 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning one of my chicks hatched [​IMG] and it is moving around the incubator and has moved almost all of the eggs. Some of the eggs have pipped but then they got moved by the chick and nothing has happened. Will they still hatch? Is that normal for chicks to move eggs when they are trying to walk? It has been making a lot of noise, is that also normal? Thank you and sorry for all the questions (this is my first hatch)
     
  2. kberndtson

    kberndtson Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm curious to see if you get many people weigh in on this subject. I just cleaned up my incubator today after hatching chicks on Tuesday. I had 7 out of 12 make it to lockdown. One pipped on day 20 but never made it ... I think it shrinkwrapped and ended up dying. Two successfully hatched on Tuesday and they were really kicking around the remaining 4 eggs, which never did hatch. I wondered if the two hatchlings kicking around the eggs had any affect on their successfully hatching or not. I was really bummed to have to throw out the remaining birds. They were fully formed and everything!
     
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    there are differing op's about this. I have had broodies hatch eggs and I doubt the hatched chicks have much of a chance to move eggs around like in the incu. My last hatch I used the egg carton method and that was not a major problem. I'd use it again. My hatch before that was 12 from 32 eggs but 26 of those were shipped. I kinda wonder whether it would not have been better if they had been in the carton. As I recall not many of those pipped though. The six that were local all hatched. So egg quality definitely plays a part.
     
  4. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched my first in cartons, and am now awiting two lots. Will be using cartons again for sure, but cutting them into strips and arranging around the outside of the incubator, leaving the floor free for the chicks. Does get very crowded in there with too many chicks out and all the extra space used by the cartons.
     
  5. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I noticed that they zipped in nice circles around the egg, so maybe it was easier for them to turn around the egg and zip.
     
  6. Layla1223

    Layla1223 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of the remaining eggs hatched. We had 12 out of 18 hatch so far.
     

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