Do I take out the chicks or should I wait?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenphile, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. chickenphile

    chickenphile Songster

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    Two of my 8 chicks hatched last night! [​IMG] Another one is pipped and nothing for the others yet. Should I take the hatched ones out after they have dried(12 + hours right) or wait for them all to hatch before opening the bator. I have read that some might take until day 23 or so and that chicks don't have to eat for 24 hrs right?

    Should I just reach in real quick and grab them or wait. They were early and not due until Monday unless I messed up the time frame. I will be setting up the brooder today! Whoo Hoo!

    This was my first successful hatch with a homemade incubator and I was worried because before I read it was a no no I washed the eggs with detergent before I put them in the bator. Oops!


    I am unsure of the breed because I had three roosters in the pen at one time.(Jersey Giant, Buff Giant Cochin and the current king a black silkie) The hen was a California white. The babies sure look like Jersey Giant chicks in this picture though.

    http://www.mypetchicken.com/images/product_images/Popup/chicks_jersey_black_giant2.jpg


    thanks
    Chris
     
  2. It wont hurt anything to leave everything as it is now. I usually leave newly hatched chicks in the incubator for at least 24 hours after they hatch in order to allow them to fully dry.
     
  3. chickenphile

    chickenphile Songster

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    So the two that have been in there awhile I should remove but keep the one in there that just hatched? I don't want them to be too hungry or thirsty.

    thanks
    Chris
     

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