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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by EmmaK1977, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. EmmaK1977

    EmmaK1977 New Egg

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    Hi, I've got 11 eggs in a incubator.2 have hatched. Yay! I'm new to this and the manual with the incubator is hard to understand. How long can I leave the chicks in there for? They seem happy enough. I just want to keep them as warm as possible. I also have another chook that has hatched 9 chicks a few days ago. Could I put the new hatchling with the others or is this a bad idea! Thanks.
     
  2. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can leave the chicks in the incubator for about 24 hours max. Then they need to be in a warm brooder with food and water.
    I have successfully integrated chicks that are 3 weeks apart. I'd make sure the chick is a couple days old and knows how to eat and drink before integrating her with older chicks. If there seems to be any signs of squabbling or picking, or if any blood is drawn, immediately remove the younger chick.
     
  3. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on your hatch! :)
     
  4. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with beetandsteet regarding the integration of the chicks. When they are so young, problems are usually minimal. However, wait until the chicks are fluffed out and able to walk correctly. They tend to fumble around quite a bit when they're in their "newborn" stage. However, you can leave chicks in the incubator for up to three days. The yolk absorbed before hatching provides sufficient nourishment for this time period. This is the reason hatcheries ship out baby poultry with relative success.
     
  5. EmmaK1977

    EmmaK1977 New Egg

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    Thanks for your replies. I have made a warming brooder for them and they seem happy. More are on the way!
     

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