I need a quick answer please!

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

  1. johnsmb

    johnsmb Out Of 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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

    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 Out Of 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

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

    johnsmb Out Of 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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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]
     
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  10. johnsmb

    johnsmb Out Of The Brooder

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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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