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I need a quick answer please!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by johnsmb, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. johnsmb

    johnsmb In the Brooder

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    I just had my very first ever chick hatch!! Perfect timing - I have to leave for work in 15 minutes!!! The humidity shot up to 75% - do I leave the red vent plug out or in? Is 75 too high? I won't be back for 5 hours. If I leave the plug out will the humidity drop too much in 5 hours? If I leave it in will the humidity be too high? Help!!
     
  2. newnanchic

    newnanchic Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    from what I have read on here the humidity should be 75-80% for hatching. I am no expert maybe Ms. Prissy is on here she will know!!!
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    When that happens, I usually take out one plug then cover the hole about halfway, so a little moisture can get out. With babies hatching the humidity is unlikely to go down very much. But, I never have to leave during a hatch, either. I leave humidity at 65-70% for hatching.
     
  4. johnsmb

    johnsmb In the Brooder

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    Thanks so much!! I think I will cover the hole part way and hope for the best. This is only day 20, so it seems early for a hatch [​IMG] I have 3 more that are pipped, but I don't think they will hatch before 5 hours - but who knows? This is too fun!!

    My poor kids missed it, though. When they left for the school bus there was just a tiny hole, but they got to see the beak poke out once. I hope no more hatch until after school and work! Thanks for the quick answer!!!
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Let us know what happened when you get home-good luck!
     
  6. johnsmb

    johnsmb In the Brooder

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    Oh no! Another one is starting!! I have to go - well, I had to go 5 minutes ago!! [​IMG]

    Wait.... maybe I have a fever. Oh, and a cough, too. cough cough [​IMG]

    Ok, I gotta go.
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Oh I think you have a fever....... [​IMG]
     
  8. cozycritters

    cozycritters Songster

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    Achoo! [​IMG]

    Good luck with the chickies!
     
  9. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    You look a little pale to me. I think you should stay home.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2008
  10. johnsmb

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    We have 3 babies!!!! My kids will be so excited to see them, but so disappointed that they missed the action! There is another egg with a very small pip and not much happening from the others yet - but it's only day 20...

    Now, I am supposed to keep the little guys in there until the whole hatch is done, right? They sure are knocking the other eggs around...
     

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