Ok to leave chicks....

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Birdman18, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Birdman18

    Birdman18 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Queens, NY
    I have chicks in the incubator and wanted to know if it would be ok to leave them in the bator for 2 days? I asked someone to get the heat lightbulb but they didnt get one i'll have to wait until tomorrow to buy one. I hope the chicks will be ok until tomorrow. I'll just have to get the heat lamp on right away tomorrow and after the temperature is right I'll put the chicks in the brooder giving them a little water first then letting them go in the brooder.

    Thanks!! [​IMG]
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    No Do Not Leave Them In Any Longer Than Necessary After They Dry. Use A Standard Lightbulb For Heat Now And Change It To Red Heat Lamp Later. If You Leave Them In The Bator/ Hatcher You Are Asking For All Kinds Of Trouble And Malladies... Anything From Death Of Starvation Or Dehydration To Spraddle Leg And Everything In Between. Gamebirds Do Not Have The Resources Chickens Do As Babies--- They Need Water And Proper Nutrition As Soon As Possible For Best Chances At Post Hatch Survival.
  3. tony30536

    tony30536 Songster

    Oct 8, 2008
    Ellijay Ga.
    if you put food and water in with them they will be ok, if floor is slick you can put the food on the floor they can walk on it ok and not get leg problems i have 1/4 x 1/4 wire in mine and they do fine in the incubator for a few days
  4. FowlFriend

    FowlFriend In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2010
    Central Coast, CA
    We left ours in the bator for 3 days. We put washcloths down for them to walk on, and kept plates of water and food in there. We also checked on them about 100 times a day, too, though!
  5. Birdman18

    Birdman18 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Queens, NY
    Thanks everyone for your replies i appreciate it!!
    I was a little worried leaving them in the bator for 2 days but they turned out to be fine. It looks as though my quail chicks are doing pretty good 2 more hatched which makes the total 8 bobwhite quail chicks. I got the heat light bulb on right away, with paper towels covering the bottom box, and put some food and water and 1 by 1 in they went.

    Hope they do ok

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: