i need some advice

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by good ole boy, May 21, 2011.

  1. good ole boy

    good ole boy Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a few questions, today is day 21 for my eggs, currently i have 1 pip in action. my questions are i work nights. if my chicks all hatch off tonight will they be ok in the bator till i get home around 7am, i leave for work around 5 pm. and how long will it take for any to dry. my wife will be home till around 11:00pm. i really do not want to loose my newbies if all possible. any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks terry
     
  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Quote:I always leave our newly hatched chicks in the incubator for 24 hours. It can take several hours for them to dry off and fluff out, plus a few extra hours in the incubator lets them get steady on thier feet. They will be perfectly fine until tomorrow. [​IMG]
     
  3. good ole boy

    good ole boy Out Of The Brooder

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    hey thank you very much it is a big relief knowing they will be ok till morning, i really appreciate it
     
  4. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    No problem, any of us are glad to help any time. Good luck!
     
  5. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks can actually survive 3 days without food or water because they can live off the yolk they absorb right before hatching. i think in some ways they do better without someone hovering over them messing with the hatch. Way too tempting for some folks to "help" the chicks out of the shell when it seems to take too long. This can sometimes kill a chick if they aren't ready. Also, everytime you open the incubator you lose humidiity and can get chicks shrinkwrapped. So, at least for some folks, not being there may be better. Not that you would do these things. LOL [​IMG]
     
  6. luvinrunnin

    luvinrunnin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so glad you asked this as I also work 12 hr night shifts, and drive 80 miles each way. so am gone for at least 16 hrs each night that I work. Thankfully I only work 3 nights per week (but sleep all the next day...)
     
  7. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yucky hours. My husband has been doing the exact same thing with the 1 1/2 hour commute on each end. They fired a guy, so he has been having to do 7 days stretches of this stuff. The overtime is good, but he is sure tired. It sure beats being out of work though, which was where he was for over a year. Your chicks should be fine. [​IMG]
     
  8. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep. I work even/ or nights. They are just fine.
     
  9. good ole boy

    good ole boy Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:well i now have 2 pips
     
  10. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will come home in the am to chicks.
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