New to hatching what is normal behavior

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Macnchzz, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. Macnchzz

    Macnchzz Chirping

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    Hi, I put 10 eggs in my incubator. Today is day 20 and one has hatched. It looks healthy. I don't know what their normal behavior is after they first hatch. It has gotten up and flopped around the incubator, it has been chirping, it has stood up a few times and also just lays there. Is this normal for them to just lay there looking "dead" like? It is still breathing it just freaks me out not knowing if it is ok. I am sure it is exhausted and of course a newborn sleeps a lot. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 15684813686951463237647.jpg
     
  2. 2 many chickens

    2 many chickens Songster

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    Normal. Hatching is hard work!
     
  3. Quackter

    Quackter Songster

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    It's normal until they dry out. There can be quite a variance in hatching times too, so don't go turning the incubator off too early. I kinda leave them be until they can take a couple quick steps, and then transfer them. I am sure there are some good articles on here.
     
  4. Macnchzz

    Macnchzz Chirping

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    No others have hatched or piped yet. It seems so lonely. When ever it sees or hears me it perks up and comes to the front of the incubator. Should I leave it until the others hatch? Should I move it to the brooder?
     
  5. Quackter

    Quackter Songster

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    If he's dry and moving around and dry, should OK to move over to the brooder. You have heat and know how to set it up ?
     
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  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    how warm is the incubator might try putting the little peep in your shirt
     
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  7. Macnchzz

    Macnchzz Chirping

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    Yes. I have it ready. It seems to sleep a lot too.
     
  8. Macnchzz

    Macnchzz Chirping

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    Incubator is between 98.9 and 99.5
     
  9. Quackter

    Quackter Songster

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    The best is when they nod off standing up and kinda catch themselves. It doesn't get much cuter than that.
     
  10. Macnchzz

    Macnchzz Chirping

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    I am excited to say baby two just hatched! Little Domino is no longer alone!
     

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