Hatched Chicks pushing around and laying on thermometer...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sharon_k, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. sharon_k

    sharon_k Out Of The Brooder

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    4 of my silkie chicks have hatched so far, 5th one is on its way, but the 4 have been out since early this morning and from time to time they are getting excited and jumping around, I guess when they hear us. I had the thermometer resting between center & top of egg level, needless to say it is now on the mesh floor of incubator, and at one point one of the silkies was laying over the reading. Should I worry about this too much? I don't have air conditioning and when it's very hot I sometimes have to adjust the temp a bit. I am just assuming the reading will be slightly cooler at the bottom (I'm using a little giant still air) I do not want to open the incubator...Well, I want to- but I'm not!

    Also this is my first time using this incubator (borrowed it from a friend to try it out) and my chicks are hatching a day late. Today is day 22. So the temp may have been a bit too cool. I still have several eggs in the incubator (8) that haven't even pipped yet...What do you think of this?
     

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