My chicks hatched....NOW WHAT??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by starchick2, May 10, 2011.

  1. starchick2

    starchick2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a teacher and have decided to hatch baby chicks in my classroom for the second time; the first attempt was not as successful as I had hoped. I currently have 23 eggs in my incubator. I am keeping the temperature at 99.5 and my moisture rings filled. I have an automatic egg turner, so I do not have to open the incubator very often, only when filling the moisture rings. I have learned from reading many of the posts on this site that during "lockdown" (days 18 and on) I should NOT open the incubator for any reason. However, I do have a few questions that I would love answered so this next hatch can go a little more smoothly. Thanks for all the advice and help in advance!

    1. How long do you keep newly hatched chicks in the incubator before you remove them?

    2. When, if ever, do you help a chick out of it's shell?

    3. If a chick seems to have a deformity (curled feet, can't stand on it's leg, etc.) what should you do?

    4. How do you handle a chick who constantly "pecks" at the other chicks? Is it just survival of the fittest?

    5. Can newly hatched chicks start eating "starter" or do they have to be given mash, first. If so, how long do they need to be given mash before only the starter?

    6. How long should I keep my chicks in my classroom before returning them to the feed store? (I am keeping them in a good sized clear plastic container with constant food/water and heat lamps, which I clean daily.)

    7. Is newspaper okay to use in the bottom of the conatiner instead of shavings?

    8. Is it really true that only 10% of newly hatched chicks actually survive?

    9. If I see a chick who appears to be lethargic what should I do?

    10. What is the best way to handle the eggs that DO NOT hatch? How many days should you give an egg that doesn't seem like it is going to hatch?

    Okay, I think that is it ......for now! [​IMG]

    THANKS AGAIN!!!
     
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  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Well said Nat. I have nothing to add.
     
  4. starchick2

    starchick2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you SO much!! You guys are great! I really appreciate all of your help and please know that my students do also! [​IMG]
     
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:Thanks Deb!

    Good luck to your and your students keep us updated:) [​IMG]
     
  6. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the edge of insanity
    [​IMG] and good luck! I hope this is a success this time! [​IMG]
     

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