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Need Expert Opinion about Hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Vermontmaple, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Vermontmaple

    Vermontmaple In the Brooder

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    We are thrilled to have 4 "newborn" chicks in our incubator right now. I've got 14 more to go. When they hatch, when (or maybe I don't) should I open the incubator and take out the broken shells?

    What will happen if I haven't turned eggs the last day (meaning day #17). I've been afraid to open the bator with the chicks in there b/c they are so "wet" I don't want them to "catch cold"....LOL

    I have some eggs that I forgot to put the date on.........we'll see how it all goes.

    How can I tell the sex of the chicks?

    Do I have to worry about the chicks "pecking" each other in the bator?

    We've been very fortunate; I couldn't ever figure out how to candle them and so far, so good!

    Wish I knew what kind of (older) chickens I have, how can I tell? People are asking me what kind I have but the only one I know is a Welsummer.

    Can I get child support payments from my neighbor? She is the one with the rooster? [​IMG] LOL

    Thanks for your input on any of these questions........
     
  2. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Quote:The eggs should be fine if not turned from day 17 on. [​IMG]

    You usually can't tell the sex until 6 weeks or later.

    If you post some pics in the what breed/gender is this? forum someone should be able to help you figure out what breeds you have.

    Hope that helps a bit! [​IMG]
     
  3. pkw

    pkw Songster

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    Can I get child support payments from my neighbor? She is the one with the rooster? LOL

    I like that. Can I get child support payments from my neighbor?

    I don't think it will hurt not turning your eggs on day 17 because I have 2 different dates in my incubator right now: June 12th and June 14th and so I going to be on LOCKDOWN starting the 10th which would put the June 14th a day without turning but I am not worry about that.

    Good luck and congratulations on the chickies.​
     
  4. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

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  5. Vermontmaple

    Vermontmaple In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the information. It really, really helps!
    I did not put the eggs in at the same time. I'll learn next time. I put them in on 5/19; 5/21 and 5/22 then of course some that I didn't put dates on are probably 5/20.
     

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