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Keeping the lid on hatching chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CandySilkieGirl, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. CandySilkieGirl

    CandySilkieGirl In the Brooder

    Jun 22, 2013
    Hi, so iv heard babies need to stay in the incubator until they are dry. So does this mean I cannot open the lid for them to hatch? I wanted to watch the process easier, and on YouTube they usually keep the lid off to record the hatches. I have always kept the lid on during hatches. I was just wondering does taking the lid off hurt the chicks as far as hatching goes? Thanks!
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    If you remove the lid, the humidity level in the incubator will drop and that can cause the the membrane around the hatching chicks to dry out, shrink wrapping the chicks and making it impossible for them to hatch unassisted. Opening the incubator for short periods, like when you remove a chick/egg, will not harm them, as long as you do it very quick and not too often. I.e. only when you need to.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013
  3. CandySilkieGirl

    CandySilkieGirl In the Brooder

    Jun 22, 2013
    Okay thank you :) how long after a chick hatches should i take it out?
  4. bluegrasslady

    bluegrasslady Chirping

    May 17, 2013
    Auburn ky
    They can stay in the incubator for up to 72 hours. That's why baby chicks can be shipped. They have no need of food or water during that period.
  5. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    opening the lid for short periods is fine, just make sure to add a little more water in the incubator each time before you close it again to help restore the humidity. Newly hatched chicks don't eat or drink for the first 2-3 days.

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