How long can chicks remain in incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sjmjrgkmg, May 10, 2009.

  1. sjmjrgkmg

    sjmjrgkmg Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2009
    We've been incubating eggs in my classroom, and due to my phenomenally poor math skills there's a chance they may have hatched today (Sunday) when no one is around to care for the chicks. Are they likely to be okay - if indeed we had any hatch (inexplicable drop in incubator temp Thursday morning) - if they spend the night in the incubator? I' m picturing fried chick fuzz from them bumping into the heating element and all kinds of wacky things.
  2. Dirt Road

    Dirt Road Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Southern Idaho
    They should be fine.

  3. old mill poultry

    old mill poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    Chicks can stay in 24-48 hours, so they should be okay til morning.
  4. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    72 hours. If they are born in a hatchery they may not get to you for 2-3 days.
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Chicks can go without food and water for 72 hours because they absorb the yolk, which is their first source of nutrition. That is usually enough time for a hatch to complete and get them settled in the brooder. They should be just fine until you get to school tomorrow to check on things. Let us know how the hatch went.
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I leave mine in 24 hours, no longer. I like to get them out once they are all fluffed up.
  7. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    I get mine out too when they are dry:)
    Last edited: May 11, 2009

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