How long can I leave the chicks in the bator?

danamillette

Songster
11 Years
Jul 16, 2008
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Good Morning!
Happy days here! I have 18 eggs that are due today but 5 hatched yesterday afternoon at 5:00pm central.
Should I leave them in there and wait for the others or take them out?
Thanks!
Dana!!!
 

Revelle

Songster
9 Years
Jan 30, 2010
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Silvis
Little ones can last up to 3 days before they need outside sources for food.
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The yolk they absorb helps them til then.

I'd wait until most the eggs hatch, or the 3 days mark. If you end up taking them out before all hatch, I heard misting the eggs help maintain humidity so they don't get shrink wrapped.
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Buck Creek Chickens

Have Incubator, Will Hatch
11 Years
Nov 26, 2008
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Neenah, WI
I try to keep mine in till I think all have hatched, most of the time at least 2 to 2 1/2 days, the batch thats hatching right now started thur night, and i'm taking them out today, most hatched by yesterday afternoon, but 4 more hatched last night.
 

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