How long can chicks stay in Bator without water?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by heymikey, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. heymikey

    heymikey Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2009
    I have 2 breeds in the incubator in two trays. RIR and Marans. All the RIR have hacthed and only a few pips in the Marans. The RIR's have been hatched about 16 hours. I was getting worried about them. All eggs were set the same day. It's day 21.
  2. Jed

    Jed Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 13, 2010
    I'm not an expert here, but from everything I have read on this website, they are ok for three days after they hatch without food or water. Opening the bator to remove the hatched chicks will drop the humidity and potentially reduce the hatch rate of the eggs that have not hatched yet.
  3. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Post #2 is correct.
    They will be fine for up to 3 days. I usually leave my chicks in until they are all hatched, dry, & fluffy.
    It's a good idea not to open the incubator until all the chicks are hatched.

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