chicks taking a long time to fluff

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pipa, May 20, 2012.

  1. Pipa

    Pipa Hatching

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    Hi I just had 11 out of 12 eggs hatch. Im so excited its my first time hatching eggs, I did it for my school science project. The chicks seem to take a long time to fluff. My humidity is at 97% after the hatch. Is this ok? I have put 4 into the brooder so far but I dont want to hurt them by putting them in to soon. Also I still have 1 egg Im hoping hatch's but I dont think it will the first egg hatched yesterday morning and the rest last night and this morning. The last egg hasnt even pipped. Any advice please.
     
  2. Queen of the chickens

    Queen of the chickens Chirping

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    97% Humidity is too high. if they are all hatched, you want to lower it so they will dry off quickly. If there are red plugs covering vent holes in your incubator, remove them. Or open the lid a bit and let some of that humidity out so they will dry. If they are covered with a yellow goo and look really "sticky" wipe them off with a very warm, damp wash cloth and return to the incubator to dry. Good Luck and Congratulations!
     
  3. Pipa

    Pipa Hatching

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    thank you, I did remove the red plugs and opened the lid it helped but they seem to dry off alot quicker in the brooder. Is it ok to move them there when there not totally fluffed? Should i spread out thier food on the brooder floor or keep it in the feeder? thanks im only 9.
     
  4. mbleily

    mbleily Songster

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    Wow you are only 9 and beat me. I have never had them all hatch......as for the food..they don't need to eat right a way so you don't need to worry about that. Let them all dry first then give them a drink of water and scatter some food if you want. I think since they are having a bad time drying I would put them in the brooder. Just be sure the temp is up to at least 100 under the heat bulb so they don't chill. You can cover the part of the brooder over the light too so it holds the heat in. Boy I am proud of you doing this. Great project!
     

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