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Chicks are taking forever to dry, and are being hyperactive

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by playswithfowl, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

    Jun 18, 2007
    I have four early hatching eggs and these first chicks are being hyperactive, and moving all of the other eggs all over the place. I would put them in the brooder but they still haven't dried off yet, the oldest one is almost one day old. the others are from late yesterday to early today. Any suggestions of what I should do? Will them rolling the other eggs harm the unhatched chicks?
    Thanks, AJ
  2. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Leave the first ones in until they are dry. The eggs rolling around shouldn't harm the other chicks. They are about to hatch anyway and if the eggs bang together some it may help the hatch.
  3. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    Sometimes if they've been in the bator for a long time and are still a little damp I'll move them to the brooder. Seem to dry quickly in the dryer air of the brooder. Just make sure they aren't chilled in transit to the brooder. I also think it's perfectly fine to leave them in the bator until they're completely dry. They do roll the other eggs around but that's not a problem - in fact, I read somewhere the activity and peeping of the other chicks encourages the others to hatch.
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Yes to what Carla is telling you...she knows....

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