Early hatcher, take out or leave in

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Zanna, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Zanna

    Zanna Songster

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    Lock down last night, day 18, early this AM 4 pips, one has hatched already. Before I have any more pips, should I pluck the little guy out, I am afraid he will be in there too long before everyone else hatches but I don't want to risk harming the rest of the hatch by opening up and changing the humidity. They are in a 1588 genesis, currently humidity is 70%. 21 days is Friday late evening............
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    I've had them hatch early like that, also with a 1588. It usually means your average incubating temperature is too warm.

    If the eggs were put in at the same time, I'd leave it alone. They can easily go three days without food or water. If you started the eggs the same time, I suspect your hatch will be over before you need to take them out.

    You do not always shrink-wrap every chick when you open the incubator during lockdown, even if it has pipped. But you can. I have done it in the past. I'd suggest leaving it alone until you need to take them out.

    Congratulations. Sounds like you are on your way.
     
  3. midget_farms

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    Leave him in there. If you still have pipped eggs in 2 days then consider it, but with pipped eggs you should not open the incubator.
     
  4. Zanna

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    Thanks all, I will sit on my hands [​IMG] Still have 35 not pipped yet, 3 pipped and the one overachiever! I have used this hatcher several times and not had such an early chickie before, maybe she will be the super hen....................[​IMG]
     

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