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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MontanaGal, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. MontanaGal

    MontanaGal Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I am a newbie just entering the egg hatching world, and have 21 eggs incubating. I started them on March 20th, and have a serious question: I forgot to take out the little red stoppers (2 of them) on top of the incubator after 3 days.

    I just realized it today, so have I killed my hatch or compromised them? What should I do? I took the red plugs out today, but am now wondering if I have ruined the hatching process.

    Any pointers??

    Thanks.
     
  2. bradybrady09

    bradybrady09 BANNED

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    No way! you didnt kill them i have forgot the entire 21 days once you will be fine i always just take one out right off then the second out on the 18th day. good luck
     
  3. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    Welcome and best of luck
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Hey welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Some of us didn't start hatching till we got here and got hooked by all of the other hatchaholics. My wife thinks it's a disease. [​IMG]

    I smiled as she was telling her father on the phone about all of our chickens.
     
  5. MontanaGal

    MontanaGal Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for that. I have been kicking myself all day, and then thought about looking for a forum, just like this.

    This is a great site and lots of info. I know I am going to be a regular here, for sure.

    Do most people just hatch chicks for their own use, or do people sell their chicks? Just wondering.

    Thanks again. THAT is a load off of my mind. I thought they were doomed!
     
  6. emit

    emit Out Of The Brooder

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    maybe I missed something but if I take the red plugs out my temp falls really down my humidity goes to nothing I regulate the temp. with a cloth over the view windows an the 4 little wholes in the top.
     
  7. MontanaGal

    MontanaGal Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I don't have a way to check the humidity. I just make sure I have water in there at all times. I should have bought a humidity meter, but I have one on my wall, does that count? [​IMG]

    The humidity thing says we are normal, boy is that an understatement!

    Anyway, hmm, the temperature is holding steady and I just added water, so I should be good, I hope.

    Thanks.
     

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