Hatch Days Help?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HarrisonCreek, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. HarrisonCreek

    HarrisonCreek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2014
    We've got one chick hatched in the brooder!! So exciting! I expect one more to hatch today that was pipped yesterday. Several more pipped this morning. Total of 24 eggs.

    I know I shouldn't open the incubator, however, I have 6 eggs that I slipped into the incubator a day and a half later than the rest, and they need to be turned 1-2x today before they lock down.

    - is it ok to open and tilt my younger eggs?
    - since I expect several chicks to be wandering abound the incubator starting tomorrow, should I prop the younger eggs in egg cups to keep them positioned and still??

    Thanks for any help,

  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I'm not very good with incubator stuff.

    I would think that you should take the newly hatched chicks and put them in the brooder so that they don't get overheated or bother the unhatched eggs.

    You may want to ask here too
    Good luck with this hatch![​IMG]
  3. HarrisonCreek

    HarrisonCreek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2014
    Thanks for the quick reply! I'll re-post the question there. Thanks!
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Definitely post on the link that Mountain Peeps has given you. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your hatch.
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with the hatch!
    Since the other eggs are only a day or so behind, would just leave them be, going an extra day without turning shouldn't hurt them. You don't want to open the incubator while chicks are hatching if you can avoid it since that can cause shrink wrapped chicks etc.
    Chicks can go 2-3 days without food so you can leave the first hatched chicks in the incubator a couple of days and they will be fine. The hatched chicks will kick around the unhatched eggs, it doesn't seem to bother them. Some people do like to take the hatched chicks out every day or so, especially if the incubator is getting crowded. Just do it quickly and try to get the humidity back up asap. Not sure if you have seen it, but there is a really nice article in the Learning Center https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Good luck with the hatch! Keep us posted on it and we love pics of babies!!!

    Welcome to our flock!
  7. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.

    The main issue with opening the incubator is that it will lower humidity and temperature. You could always open it in the shower just after taking a hot shower without the exhaust fan running...
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree with LC chickens - you could even spray a little water inside the incubator after you remove the chicks. A day or 2 without turning won't make a difference. Please let us know how the hatch turns out.
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    X2 on Drumstick Diva.

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