Chickes hatching...early?...lockdown?

Newbie chick 30

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jan 31, 2011
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Orlando, FL
Hey,

I set my eggs on 2-13...(12 EE and 6 BCM)...expecting them tomorrow night...well surprise...they started this morning??? I now have 4 completely hatched (EE) and 5 more (EE) starting to hatch...now for the questions...

1. How long do I leave the babies in the bator?

2. Can I take out the early hatches while still in lock down?

3. Why haven't any of my BCM hatched yet?
 

ScissorChick

Songster
9 Years
Dec 17, 2010
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1. How long do I leave the babies in the bator?
Until they dry off completely.

2. Can I take out the early hatches while still in lock down?
I always take mine out, as long as they're dry and fluffy.

3. Why haven't any of my BCM hatched yet?
They may not be ready till tomarrow.
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good luck!
 
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Randy

Songster
10 Years
Mar 12, 2009
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Yes you can take the chicks out. Not sure why none of the BCMs haven't started yet but it's still not time to panic yet. Did you candle any of the BCMs?
 

Newbie chick 30

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jan 31, 2011
52
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39
Orlando, FL
I tried candling on the BCM eggs but it's really hard to see anything and I am still...very very very green at this (1st timer). I am pretty sure one was infertile but not too sure on the other 5.
 

ScissorChick

Songster
9 Years
Dec 17, 2010
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Did you see any mass or cloudiness? veins?

Some eggs are hard to tell if they're fertile or not.

And somtimes you just need a brighter flash light.
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Im sure they'll be fine. This is your first hatch, right?

So far you've got more chicks than alot of people do on

their first trys.
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Lorije1

Songster
9 Years
Mar 13, 2010
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I also set on 2/13 and I have a pip. This is my first try and I can guarantee I won't have that hatch rate! Everything went wrong... just everything. I am so hopeful this chick does the job and hatches on out!
 

Newbie chick 30

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jan 31, 2011
52
0
39
Orlando, FL
Lori...I think it will be ok...I had a spike in temp (110 for about 8 hrs) and forgot to turn them 2x (turned them before I went to bed and forgot the next morning and couldn't turn them until I got home from work)...I really didn't expect any to hatch to be honest...but what a surprise this morning!!

Scissorchick...On the one egg...it just lit up nice and bright (I'm guessing it wasn't fertile)...on the others...I could barely see an air pocket or nothing but dark (these are really nice and dark eggs). I was able to see everything on my EEs.

Thanks for the encouragement and help!!
 

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