How Long?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by redrooster99, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long can a chick stay in the incubator once it dries off. Also why would a chick hatch 4 days early.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    A chick can stay in the bator up to three days. Usually a chick that hatches early means that the temp in the bator held an average higher than the recommended average for incubation. (Forced air should be abt 99.5 degrees. Still air should be 101-102 degrees.) Bantam chicks are known to hatch a day or so early than their standard equals as well. My advise would be to double check the thermometer if you are having hatchers that early. Also, a question would be, 'How are you counting your days?' Day one starts 24 hours after you set your eggs, so if you count the day you set your eggs, you are making yourself a day ahead of schedule to begin with.

    The hatching 101 link recommended to you is an awesome source of info for hatching and has a lot of great links in it as well.
     
  3. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may have counted my days wrong, and the incubator stayed about 100 degrees ( according to the bator thermometer.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    That's a decent average, if the thermometer is accurate. Generally if you set them on a Monday night you'd expect to see some action Monday night three weeks later. :) (Give or take a day.)
     

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