First hatch help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickyD, May 31, 2011.

  1. ChickyD

    ChickyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today is day 21 and I have two babies [​IMG] They look healthy and are wobbling all over.This is my first time ever using an incubator and I'm a little stressed about the chicks knocking the other eggs around. Will the unhatched chicks be able to hatch alright if they keep being rolled over? I have several other eggs with pips in them. Am I just be overly concerned since this is my first hatch? Or is there anything I should do?
     
  2. Razadia

    Razadia The Odd One

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    If the hatched chicks are dry and fluffy you can take them out, ending the rolling problem.
     
  3. ChickyD

    ChickyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wasn't sure if I should open it? One chick is completely dry but the other one is still a little wet.
     
  4. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its my first time too, and I had the same question. The recommendation I found in my resource book was to leave them in until dry and not open the incubator often. They suggested every 8 to 10 hours to quickly empty the dry chicks out during an extended hatch. I had a lot of rolling eggs going on, and more pipped and hatched after, so I wouldn't worry unduly. I wasn't so terribly worried about opening the incubator since it is so hot and humid here right now, so I didn't think it would change the temp/humidity inside too much, since the conditions outside the incubator are similar to inside the incubator.
     
  5. ChickyD

    ChickyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll wait until the other chick is completely dry and put them in the brooder.
    Thanks
     
  6. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your hatch going? Of 41 set 3 weeks ago yesterday I have 12 so far and another 4 pipping. I'll be downright pleased if I get 12 hens out of the deal, but will take whatever I get.
     
  7. ChickyD

    ChickyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have five out of 16 that have chicks in them. I started with 36 but only 16 were fertile the rest weren't. I have one that is a chatterbox and I know I'll be up all night since their in my bedroom. It's so exciting but also stressful. [​IMG] I'll post pics tomorrow. Thanks for the help [​IMG]
     
  8. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope it went ok. I woke up with 3 more in the incubator. I now have 15 hatched out of 41. I didn't really know what I was looking at when I candled them, so I just left them all be. I don't expect to get too many more because it is 36 hours since my first one hatched, though I do have two more pipping, but I'm afraid their membranes might be drying out as they are not making much progress. They are still cheeping every now and then and I see the occassional movement. Its hard to decide when to turn off the brooder. I'll give them today at any rate. [​IMG]

    Good luck with the rest of your hatch!
     
  9. blkwdw

    blkwdw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    don't be too hasty to turn off the incubator, I had one that pipped, but it was 2 days before he came out safe and sound, I read somewhere here on the BYC the others bumping into the eggs sometimes stimulates the other eggs.
     
  10. ChickyD

    ChickyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 10 out of 16. One has splayed legs [​IMG] I need to see if there is anything I can do for this little one. The others are doing great and running around or trying too [​IMG]
     

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