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How do I keep the unhatched eggs from being moved by the hatched chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MA Mama, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. MA Mama

    MA Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do I keep the unhatched eggs from being moved by the hatched chicks? I have heard people hatch in egg cartons, but how does this work, and where do the chicks go after they hatch? Do they just plop out?
     
  2. MA Mama

    MA Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The later eggs of my last hatch were definately rolled all over the place. :(
     
  3. Provident Acres

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    I've been hatching in foam egg cartons for awhile now and I like it better. They zip and pop the top open like a lid, rest for a bit and then out they go. [​IMG]
     
  4. MA Mama

    MA Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, cool! So, dumb question, do they get hurt as they emerge from the egg onto the wire flooring? I'm sure they don't since you do it, but it seems like a drop! Any reason for foam versus cardboard? Also, you put them in the carton at lockdown, right?
     
  5. Provident Acres

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    Yep, I put them in the carton at lock down. I line the bottom of my incubators with shelf liner, the stuff you use in the kitchen cabinets. I buy the kind with the little square holes in it not the solid kind. So when they come out they land on that. I don't like the chicks being on the wire personally. I use the foam egg cartons because that's what I use here for our eating eggs. [​IMG]
     
  6. MA Mama

    MA Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have been very helpful - thank you so much. [​IMG]
     
  7. builderone

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    Thanks for the info I am gonna get some shelf liner i like that idea.
     
  8. Provident Acres

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    Your welcome. [​IMG] Good luck on your hatch!
     
  9. builderone

    builderone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope it goes well, I just built a new incubator for this batch. so far it is working good.
     
  10. farmerChef

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    Don't use paper egg cartons. They can suck the moisture and lower your humidity. I also save the tops for eggs that are too smalll or big for the cups, they get rolled a little, but not as much as loose eggs. I also like using the shellf liner. Its less messy and chicks won't get stuck to it. Ive had a few chicks get stuck to the wire while they where drying off.
     

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