Just hatched chicks

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6 Years
Aug 31, 2013
Yamhill, Oregon
Quick question, I've read that it taked about 4 hours for freshly hatched chicks to dry, then you put them in the brooder, but what if it takes longer than 4 hours to dry, are they ok staying in the incubator longer. Also what if their are other chicks hatching do I leave them all until every chick is hatched??
I'm new at this but saw a youtub video and the guy left them in there for quite a long time, he waited till all eggs hatched and all were fluffy. Hope this helps :)
Chicks don't need to eat for a couple of days after they hatch since they are still absorbing their yolk (which is why they can be shipped across the country), so you can leave them in the incubator for a couple of days. You don't want to open and close the incubator all the time because it can lower your humidity and you can be more likely to wind up with shrink wrapped chicks. I usually just take chicks out once a day or so.

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