Lockdown opening in shower high humid

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SilkieCanada, May 7, 2011.

  1. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it a bad idea if need to open the hatcher during lockdown, if I go into the bathroom, crank the shower and make the humidity go about 70%+ then open the hatcher? I noticed mold on their food.
     
  2. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    food?

    you don't need food in there. the chickens absorb the rest of the yolk into their abdomen during hatch, and do not need food or water for approx 3 days after hatching (so long as the humidity and temp levels stay appropriate).

    this is the reason hatcheries are able to ship day-old chicks - because they do not need to eat or drink for several days.
     
  3. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:oh serious, ok I thought I still had to put the food in there in case I had a late hatcher or something. Ill keep this in mind for round 2. What about the shower question?
     
  4. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can open it without doing much harm as long as you don't do it too often and only when really nessasary. I use 1 incubator as a hatcher and incubator and have to open it 3 times a day to turn eggs. I try not to open it any more than that and they do fine. You don't have to worry about bringing it into the bathroom.
     
  5. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I read so much about the birds getting shrink wrapped. That never happened to you?
     

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