How soon can I hold babies? FIRST HATCH this week! (hopefully)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MA Mama, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. MA Mama

    MA Mama Songster

    Jan 21, 2012
    SSUMING my eggs hatch at the end of this week (first hatch sooooooooooo exciting and scary!!), how soon after the chicks come out of the bator can I hold them? I see people write that chicks are 'affectionate" at only a day old etc., so when can the holding begin? I know they need to dry, and all need to hatch before opening the incubator. Obviously not holding for long periods, and keeping them warm, and being gentle of course! I set 16 Araucana and 6 Silkie, and after MANY newbie mistakes, temperature spikes, and other horrible things, I locked down 4 Araucana and 3 Silkies. All were moving at lockdown. i am concerned about the air sacs, as they seem to be all different sizes.
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    People handle chicks all the time at a day old. You would most likely keep them pretty warm in your hands. Remember that chicks hatched by a hen wouldn't stay under her 24/7, so I'm sure you will be okay holding them after they dry off :)
  3. egg-cellent

    egg-cellent Songster

    We hold our, all the time. Just be careful when you open your hand up much, sometimes they will try to run off and fall. Congratulations!

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