new babies in incubator do I leave them or take them out?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JodiLynn, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. JodiLynn

    JodiLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2012
    I have babies! This was my first time seeing a chick hatch and what a sight it was!! I have 1 salmon faverolle that hatched yesterday around 9 am and then 3 more over the course of friday afternoon/night. So out of 12 are out and about with one that has a whole in the shell. Should I take out these 4 when they are dry? they are running around the incubator and are pretty dry but
    I did not want to hurt the one that has broken through the shell by opening the bator. Is this a valid concern? Should I take chicks out as they dry and just be quick to avoid to much humidity and temperature change?
  2. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    I think you're supposed to leave them in until they've all hatched - especially since you have one that has pipped.
  3. gladahmae

    gladahmae Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2012
    Benzie, MI
    they can go 72 hours on the nutrition of their yolk, so I say leave it shut. You don't want to risk shrink-wrapping the one that has pipped.

    Hurray for hatching chickies!!
  4. JodiLynn

    JodiLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2012
    As of now all have hatched that have pipped through the shell. There are still 6 eggs but no cracked shells on those. Should I still wait to take out these 5?
  5. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    If the birds are all dry and fluffy, now would be a good time to take them out. You hatched looks like it is moving along like it should. After about 24 hours, the first hatched chicks may be starting to get a little too hot. Get someone to help you. Let them lift the lid and hold it while you do a quick grab of all the day chicks. Your humidity should be pretty high since you have had all that hatching action in the last 24 hours... QUICKLY grab the dry chicks and have your partner close the lid for you. I get a large bowl with a towel in it to toss them all in quickly, then take them to the brooder while DH puts the lid down for me :)

    GREAT job hatching!
  6. Herducks

    Herducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA

    I had the same question. I have one chicked hatched and he crawls all over the other eggs. I was worried about leaving him in as he keeps panting. Temp is at 100.2 Humidity 60%
  7. Taniam

    Taniam Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2012
    How do you know if they have shrink wrapped?

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