Chicks Wreaking Havoc in 'Bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Crunchie, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    So, it's now day 21 and I've got 3 chicks already hatched and 4 other eggs pipped. The 3 that are out are having a total party in the 'bator! Is it ok that they are rolling the other eggs all over the place? I thought you needed to stop turning the eggs 3 days before hatch so that the chicks could orient themselves within the egg in order to pip and break out--will all of this rolling around disorient the remaining chicks enough to harm their potential to hatch? The chicks are fluffing up well, but they aren't completely dry so I didn't want to move them to the brooder just yet.

    Thanks! Anxious, excited, and worried newbie to hatching here, can ya tell?? [​IMG]
  2. Hi!
    It hurts to watch them them rolling the unhatched eggs all around, doesn't it? [​IMG]
    If they are pipped then they have 'oriented' and will be fine (usually).
    If you can find some of that holey non-skid shelf liner stuff, that *seems* to lessen it a bit.
    Try not to open the incubator til the rest have hatched.

    Congratulations on the new hatchlings and good luck with the rest!
    Pics asap [​IMG]

  3. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    I'm definitely in the minority here, but I opened my incubator, took out the 3 little football players today, and then misted the 'bator with a bottle of warm water to push the humidity up again. One of mine pipped upside down yesterday in spite of everything, so I'm glad I broke the rules and opened the incubator.

    (this is my first time though, and who knows if the others will hatch.)
  4. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    Thanks for the replies!!

    Well, now we're up to 5 little fuzzy party-goers in there (with one more zipping as we speak)! Whew. I'm trying to just go ahead and let things be, but I've got the brooder all fired up and warm so I would be lying if I said I weren't pretty tempted to get the 3 that are all dry out of there. I'm gonna hold off for now, though. Obviously the most recent 2 to hatch made it just fine with all of the egg-soccer!

    It is really hard to just watch and not intervene!! I've been hovering all day! [​IMG]
  5. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    Just let them go, you might loose one to rolling but you never know. I have had a couple that were pipped and then rolled and then they drowned from fluid leaking out. This might have happened anyway. The big thing I find it the comotion outside the shell encourages the rest to get a hatching!!!! If you pull out the chirping then the rest dont know what to do so well.. Leave them in and just know that what ever doesnt hatch might not have anyway!!! We cant have 100% hatches every single time. Jenn
  6. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Once they get their legs under them and are scrambling around, I remove them to the natal brooder.
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, they like to do that. I always break rules so I put the hatched on one side and the unhatched on the other.

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