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'Fake momma' in the incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mswwalker, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. mswwalker

    mswwalker In the Brooder

    Feb 2, 2017
    OK, so this may be a dumb question but trust me, I've asked dumber ones before.

    And this won't be the last.

    Should I put something in the incubator for chicks to bundle/snuggle up with right after they hatch?
    I ask because immediately after hatching it looks like they would want something to snuggle into to dry off. Additionally, I'm watching them today and it seems like they have these little bursts of energy where they just run pell-mell right through the middle of the remaining eggs, blasting some of them out of the way until they hit the wall on the far side, where they decide to take a little nap after the expulsion of so much energy... Would a foldy soft twoel help them at all, or just be something else in the way?

    Thanks for any info.

  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Must hatch more Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    no question is dumb.
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY

    For the incubator, no. They will often cuddle up to each other. You really don't want anything extra in there. However, if you'd prefer something in the brooder after you move them, people do do that. I've seen feather dusters used, the mama brooder heating pad thing, stuffed animal. It's more common to do this with a solitary chick, but people do different things. Is it necessary, no, but.....

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