How long does it take new chicks to dry?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by buckaroo's wife, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. buckaroo's wife

    buckaroo's wife Songster

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    I have 18 eggs set to hatch two weeks from today. I candled today and saw movement in 17/18, so I feel like that is pretty good! I work full time M-F, and I'm just wondering how long the newly hatched chicks can stay in the incubator (in case they start early and hatch on friday??) I just hope they stick to my schedule, HAHA
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    They can stay in there almost 3 days. They only take a few hours to dry so you can take them out sooner, but don't worry one bit about leaving them in there too long if you're only at work.
     
  3. buckaroo's wife

    buckaroo's wife Songster

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    Quote:Ok, whew! I know they won't eat or drink right away so I thought they might be ok....but do they move around much (and disturb other hatching eggs??)
     
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    They will all but play football with the other eggs but I don't think it hurts anything if they do. In fact some say that it might make the others hatch better. Sort of a "hurry up!"
     
  5. buckaroo's wife

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    HA! I'm a first timer (could you tell?! [​IMG] ) and this waiting game is driving me nuts! I have two weeks to go! [​IMG]
     
  6. koakritters

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    this is my first time too, and i've got until next sunday for mine to hatch!!! the wait is killing me, lol!
     
  7. SusanG1969

    SusanG1969 Chirping

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    I had 4 of 12 hatch successfully. Naturally under a broody Rhode Island Red. Once they hatched, she abandoned the last 3 eggs. I left them for 2 days and was going to throw them out. Then 1 started chirping at me. I put them in a box with a heat lamp. It's almost finished hatching, but still has the cord attached. 1 of the eggs wasn't fertile (after candling), and I'll leave the last egg a few more days to see what happens. 20181008_162758.jpg
     

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