Hatch Day! Please help with the first 3 days...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jeffross1968, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    So I have a few eggs, all showing signs that they will hatch, but we'll see. Today should be the day. I have my brooder ready, and I know the temps I need for the first week and moving forward. I'm using pine shavings for litter, medicated feed and will be providing clean water a few times per day. But mostly, I'm still unsure about the first 3 days, starting with as the first 1 of 3 hatches, and what to do from there. So I could use some help.

    Interested in hearing about how long to keep them in the incubator...should I remove each one as they hatch, or wait until they've all hatched so I don't open the bator? Straight water at first, or some kind of sugar water mixture?

    Also, is there some procedure I must go through? Wash them off? When do I do the head dip into the water? Right when I introduce them to the brooder?

    Any kind of simple, numbered first days walk through would really be helpful.

    I'm so thankful for this community!
     
  2. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Anyone? They're pipping and rocking! Time is short [​IMG]
     
  3. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I take them out every 6 hours, the dry ones, because more than that and you are risking shrink wrapping your other hatchlings by opening the incubator and dropping that humidity. I dip each ones beak in water as soon as they are in the brooder, and tap tap tap on the feed dishes with my finger (you are their Mama, and your finger is your beak) to show them that this is food and good to eat. Just take them out, put them in the brooder, dip their beaks peck at their food, and enjoy the mischief.

    Don't be worried about how much they sleep, hatching is hard work and they are going to be POOPED for a while. They will just randomly fall down asleep for a few days, it is totally normal.
     
  4. branston

    branston Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put kitchen paper over the shavings for the first two weeks to prevent played legs and to strengthen their legs. It's also alot easier to clean up! Same here on removing them from the incubator.....I only left them in for a max of 6 hours, dipped their beaks, tapped the food dish and they are now just under 6 months and laying away!
     
  5. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe the incubator/hatching is a better section for you at the mo [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2011
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Once the hatching begins, I do not remove the bator until most all are hatched. Then, I do so QUICKLY, and I always leave one behind...that one left behind peeping may sometimes stimulate the remaing eggs that have pipped their air cells to hatch.
     

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