How long untill they are completely dry?

Echoes

Songster
10 Years
Feb 23, 2009
127
3
121
Connecticut
It's been nearly 7 hours since my chick hatched, and the little guy is still alittle 'wet'. Atleast he doesn't seem completely dry. Is this normal?

...He's also laying down ALOT. He was very lively the first 2 hours and now he seems to be trying to sleep on his belly, sometimes on his side, etc. Is this normal?
 

HidingInTheHenHouse

Songster
11 Years
Jun 21, 2008
393
6
131
Indianapolis
I usually leave the chick in the bator until 24 hours after hatch. At the high humidity, it does take longer to dry, but they dry fluffier that way.

Yes, it is completely normal for the chick to lay down a lot after hatching. It takes several hours for them to get used to their legs and to rest up after hatching.
 

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