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Do I pull the only hatched chick out yet!?!?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JosieChick, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. JosieChick

    JosieChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    Lyman, ME
    Hi all,
    I know everyone says don't open the bator til the hatch is over but I have a dilemma. I have 7 silkie eggs in lockdown in my piece of junk LG with fan. Saturday was hatch day but my first day of lockdown my temp was a degree low for about 15 hours and I have struggled to keep the temp level all day yesterday and today. It fluctuates between 98.8 and 99.8 throughout the day with lots of adjustments. Humidity was about 75% the first day of lockdown, never been that high before when I added the same amount of water but it was that high and is now hovering around 70%. If I hatch much lower than that here I wind up with shrink wrapped chicks. Humidity during incubation usually between 40-50%. I have tried dry hatching and didn't get anything to hatch. One chick hatched on hatch day around 3:30 AM and looks great. No one else is doing anything(not even any pips). I know the little one can stay in for up to three days but what are the odds that any of the other chicks are going to hatch? Should I wait until tomorrow AM to pull it out and see if they do anything overnight. I hate to leave it in there and not have anyone else hatch, usually they all hatch together. I did candle on day 18 and all eggs were dark and formed and a few moved. Any suggestions for a lone chick if this is the only one? I should have more silkies hatching middle of the week so hopefully it will only be for a few days but the poor little thing! No more hatching in the LG for me after this! Thanks in advance for any advice. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2010
  2. JosieChick

    JosieChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    Lyman, ME
    Where are all the hatching experts tonight, very loud peeping chick would like to come out![​IMG]
     
  3. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Ontario
    Hi there. Leave the chick...Like you said , they can stay in there and need no food or water for up to 72 hrs, so why rush it and possibly compromise your chicks that could possibly hatch.

    I incubate at a higher temp than you..101-102 and get great hatch rates..I found my lower temps caused a lower % to hatch and some were deformed. 101-102 works good foe me, but everyones bator and situation is different!
    Good luck
     
  4. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Ontario
    I some how misread..If hatch day was sat, I'd prob pull the peep very quick(snatch and close) A lone chick fopr afew days should be okay..if any longer I would search out a chick or 2 to purchase to keep it company
     
  5. JosieChick

    JosieChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    Lyman, ME
    Thanks! Is your bator a forced air and you incubate at a higher temp still? I incubate at 99.5 in the hovabator and have been hatching in the LG but it is so hard to keep the temp stable in that I don't think I am going to use it again. I was thinking of purchasing the Genesis 1588 to use as an incubator and retire my styrofoam hovabator to hatch in. I have had much better luck keeping the temp stable in the Hovabator. I was under the impression that 99.5 was the perfect temp and that is what I should strive for?
     

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