How long?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kentucky~Momma, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. Kentucky~Momma

    Kentucky~Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long can we keep a hatched chick in the incubater? We had one hatch on day 18 and day 21 isn't until Sunday night. The one had started pipping on day 17, and when we moved him he was working on hatching. Should we move the hatched chicks out of the incubator or should we leave the hatched chicks in there?
     
  2. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    The general rule is as long as it takes for the chick to completely dry and have the fluffy appearance.
    Time varies but could be as much as 24 hours.
     
  3. Kentucky~Momma

    Kentucky~Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    5[​IMG] are dry and trying to get out through the window.
    8 eggs are still in there at least one is piping.
    Should I open the bator and take out the dry ones or will they be ok for another day or so.
     
  4. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    The last batch of chicks I had I would take out the babies if they were fluffed. Just make sure the humidity stays up or the pipped chicks could get dry membranes. But his is only my opinion, some say keep the chicks in till the rest hatch. Good luck this is so exciting Huh?!?
     
  5. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    I also take them as soon as they are dry, unless there are more eggs, then I try to keep the youngest one in there to talk to the others to come out.
    They can stay in there 24 hours and can go about 3 days without food, as there yoke has the nutrients etc they need
     
  6. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    I must say, I do recommend you offering them chick starter as soon as they go to the brooder [​IMG]
     
  7. Kentucky~Momma

    Kentucky~Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pulled the 6 out (1 was hiding)
    Preheated distilled water and added it at the same time, humidity stayed at 75% temp dropped to 98 but went right back up

    all are drinking (sugar/water) and eating in the brooder
    It looks good so far
     

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