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Is it ok to remove some chicks from bator (first timer here)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SoORchick73, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. SoORchick73

    SoORchick73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today is day 21, I had 3 hatch...first one hatched at 4 am, the other two within the last 2-4 hours. Tomorrow morning is it ok to take some out quickly and lock back down? I have 18 in there. I'm just thinking if I have a few that are going to take 22-23 days I'd like to take the older ones out (and leave a peeper or two behind to encourage the others). I have a Brinsea octagon 20 (I have to add humidity). Thank you for advice :)
     
  2. Casey76

    Casey76 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicks can stay in the incubator for 24-36 hours without issues (and should be fully fluffed before moving in the first instance). The movement (otherwise known as egg football ;) ) of the hatched chicks can often simulate the others to pip.
     
  3. hmcohen

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    I have had 3 chicks hatch... I know to leave them in there for the first 24-48 hours. But I'm wondering is there anything special I need to do after I remove them? Electrolytes? Probiotics?
    I've had a hen hatch chicks before and ended up having to raise them... But just seeing if I'm missing anything. TIA
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I remove my chicks after they hatch and become active in my bator. Sometimes it's half an hour after hatch, sometimes it's an hour or two. When to move chicks is a personal decision. As long as you keep the humidity up in the bator and your bator recovers the humidity quickly, you should remove them when you are comfortable. (As long as you have a brooder set up and warmed at one end or have a warming plate/heated area for them and it's out of drafts and temp changes.)

    I use sav a chick electrolyte in my water after hatch for the first couple of days. Not everyone does.
     
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    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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  6. hmcohen

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    Ok thanks!!
     

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