First time incubating and hatching chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kknight3, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Kknight3

    Kknight3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am incubating 12 eggs that are all at different stages. Just got to thinking....what do I do with the chicks as soon as they hatch. I have a small pen built off the ground that I have raised several chicks and ducklings in before to put them in, but do I immediatly take them out of the incubator after they hatch?
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    No don't take them straight out of the incubator chicks can survive for three days without food and water they live off the yolk sack they absorbed during hatching. I leave mine in for 24 hours to dry off and fluff up. Opening the incubator during hatch causes your humidity to fall and could compromise your pipping zipping eggs causing them not to hatch. I would not put chicks outside they need to be indoors with a heat source, heat lamp or hot plate like the Brinsea Eco glow brooder. You said eggs at different stages? We're they all not set at the same time? You need different humidity for incubating and hatching. Day 1-18 should be 45% and for lockdown after day 18 when you stop turning the eggs should be at least 65%. There is very good info on the home page in learning centre on incubating and hatching. Hope this helps.:frow
     
  3. bantammenace

    bantammenace New Egg

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    Anyone available to help me
     
  4. bantammenace

    bantammenace New Egg

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    Are the veins supposed to turn when u roll the egg or are they stationary bcuz I turn my eggs by hand twice a day and I'm praying they aren't stuck or something
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi you need to be turning an odd number times a day at least 3 but 5 is better. Yes the veins do move when you turn. You turn so that the embryo does not stick inside the shell.
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  6. bantammenace

    bantammenace New Egg

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    So if the veins are not turning im screwed
     
  7. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    No you are not sometimes you don't see them move. Also depending on what eggs you have some are very hard to see through I wouldn't worry as long you have veins and the embryo is developing. I candle day 7 day 14 and day 18 just before lockdown. I find if you look too much you tend not to see the development.
     

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