Help! chicks hatched a day early!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by funonahonda, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2008
    Central Ohio
    I have 3 chicks just hatched once they are dry is it going to be safe to move them to a brooder outside, the temp here is 20 degrees and snowy. What do you suggest!
  2. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Do you have a way to keep the brooder temp at 95 degrees?? If not, you need to keep them inside.
  3. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    Probably not. What were you going to do if they hatched on time? It really would be best to keep them inside for the first week. Maybe if you put several really strong heat lamp bulbs on the outside brooder but I doubt it. Do you have a thermometer in the brooder? You need to get it to 95F and I don't see how that happens outside in below freezing. I would get a box or plastic storage container, put shavings or paper towels in the bottom, move a lamp over it with a 60-100w bulb, and they will be happy for at least a few days. If you need to chicks can stay in the incubator for a day or 2.

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