1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login, otherwise join BYC here!

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

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Newbie chick 30, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Newbie chick 30

    Newbie chick 30 Out Of The Brooder

    52
    0
    39
    Jan 31, 2011
    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?
     
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    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. [​IMG]

    good luck!
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011
  3. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    AR
    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?
     
  4. Newbie chick 30

    Newbie chick 30 Out Of The Brooder

    52
    0
    39
    Jan 31, 2011
    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.
     
  5. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    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. [​IMG]

    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. [​IMG]
     
  6. Lorije1

    Lorije1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    622
    0
    129
    Mar 13, 2010
    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!
     
  7. Newbie chick 30

    Newbie chick 30 Out Of The Brooder

    52
    0
    39
    Jan 31, 2011
    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!!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by