How long can hatched chicks be left in incubator?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Del1977, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. Del1977

    Del1977 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have a little problem. Husband wants to go away this weekend and we have 36 coturnix eggs in the incubator which have gone into lockdown this morning, due to hatch Sunday. We are leaving Friday afternoon, returning Sunday morning. My brother will come Saturday to feed the cat and add water to the bator but wondering how long it is safe to leave hatched chicks in the bator. Hopefully we won't have any hatch until Sunday, but I know with previous hatches we have often had one or two hatch the night before official hatching day. Will have the brooder set up ready to go in case any have hatched when my brother drops in to add water, and plan on putting some food and water in the bator just in case.

    We usually take hatched chicks out as soon as they are up and running around as I hate to see them bashing the other eggs around.

    Going to have a hard time enjoying myself knowing hatching in imminent.
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Enjoy the weekend with your husband. If chicks hatch Saturday they will be fine in the incubator until Sunday when you get home.
    Incubators should be left closed during the lockdown period to keep the temperature and humidity as constant as possible-which is important during the hatch. Chicks would not need food and water that soon.

    And for your husband's sake-HAVE FUN!!!
     
  3. Del1977

    Del1977 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thankyou for your quick reply and reassurance. Will try to have fun but it will be hard knowing those eggs are all alone without me to encourage them. I find hatching day a bit stressful at the best of times, wondering who is going to make it out. Might need a glass of wine or two with my SIL to take my mind off the eggs.
     
  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Del1977

    Del1977 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't say I've ever tried it but sounds yummy. Wonder if it can be bought in Australia.

    Anyway, thanks again for the reassurance. Will be dying to see what is waiting for us when we get home on Sunday.

    So it really doesn't matter if hatched chicks are bashing around pipped or half zipped chicks that are trying to hatch???
     
  6. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. I don't think it matters and if the incubator is darkened they will move even less.
     
  7. Del1977

    Del1977 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And they will be alright without food and water for that long????? Could be up to 18 hours as we won't arrive home until about noon on Sunday. Don't think any will hatch before Saturday evening at the earliest.

    Can you tell I'm still anxious? LOL.
     
  8. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be fine, but if it worries you, put the food in now-well before the eggs start hatching. I think temperature and humidity levels are most critical when the eggs are pipped and air can enter and affect the membrane and chick the most.

    Likely, others may disagree and you will have to decide what's best.
     
  9. adrian0227

    adrian0227 Out Of The Brooder

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    It's okay, I left my chicks for almost two days and they did good
     
  10. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    24 hours is recommended, 36 is pushing it, Going 48 i'd expect to lose a few.
     

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