Hatching babies have a question

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Bsranch3, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Bsranch3

    Bsranch3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hatch is going well, they started hatching yesterday morning and are still hatching! When do I pull the dry chicks out of the incubator? Should I wait until everyone hatches before opening it?
     
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there,
    I usually leave them in there for 24 hours to dry off.
    Don't worry about them having no food or water
    Because they soak up the yolk before they hatch which lets
    Them survive for 3 days.
    If there are other chicks hatching just try to take the chicks out quickly and close the incubator
    Everytime you take a chick out.
    When the chicks are in their brooder just give them food and water.
    Goodluck
    Fionn.
     
  3. Bsranch3

    Bsranch3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Some of the have been hatched and in there for 24 hours now... And some are just now hatching! I knew they would be ok for one day but didn't know how long they could or should stay in there past the 24 hours! Never had so many eggs in one box at one time... New to quail. I'm good with ducks!
     
  4. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok goodluck
    I don't forget to post pictures
     
  5. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there
    Sorry I got mixed up quail with chickens.
    Chickens can survive in the incubator for 3 days but quail
    Can survive for 24-30 hours.
    I would take them out now just in case
    Sorry for confusion
    Fionn.
     
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  6. Bsranch3

    Bsranch3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks!!![​IMG]
     
  7. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So cute
     
  8. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched my first batch last Saturday-Sunday and I had the exact same question. In my case it was chickens but I'm guessing quail are similar. Anyway I read to leave them in there until all are hatched so you don't open the incubator/hatcher and mess up the humidity/temp. I was worried though because the newly hatched chicks were moving around a lot and bumping into the eggs that hadn't hatched yet. I posed the question on here and several experienced people told me it's ok to remove them so I did and all went well. I waited until they were dry in the hatcher before removing them because I read they can succumb easily if you remove them while wet. Anyway all worked out good so in the future I plan to do the same thing in removing them when they're dry.
     
  9. Bsranch3

    Bsranch3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes that's how I did my ducks.. But it was a much smaller batch at one time so they all came out at once.. I have some babies that they keep laying on their bellies with their legs out to the sides... Something wrong with them?
     
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