just hatched baby chick what to do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Debraj79, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. Debraj79

    Debraj79 Hatching

    Dec 14, 2015
    Hello, my first egg hatched about 2 hours ago, she is mostly dry but slightly damp looking on back, she is moving other eggs as she moves more. should I put her in the brooding box, if so what is the desired temp to watch for and signs of a struggle or signs she is doing well?

  2. Naser

    Naser Songster

    Oct 29, 2014
    She will be ok in the incubator until she is dry. it is unlikely she will damage the other eggs
    When she is dry put her in the brooder. I don't know what brooder you are using but if you are using heating lamp. watch the chicks. if they go straight under the heating lamp it means they are so cold. if they go far from the heating lamp, it is very hot. if the are moving around normally, they are fine.
    Be careful not to put any deep water containers as they can easily drown, if there is any way they can put themselves in trouble they will.
    If chicks are chirping loudly they are distressed. usually cold.
    They don't need any water or food for at least 24 hours
    I found the best thing works for newly hatched chicks is the electric hen
    Good luck.
  3. Naser

    Naser Songster

    Oct 29, 2014
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Best not to open the incubator while other eggs are pipped....
    ....and wait until at least one more chick is hatched and dry to put in brooder so they can keep each other company.
    Best really to wait until all are hatched before moving any to brooder.

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