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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickengirl1304, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long should I leave them in he incubator? Last time I took them out bacause they were making the other eggs roll around and causing chaos
     
  2. AnimalLover99

    AnimalLover99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    about 1-2 days
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    They can stay in there 1-2 days, since they don't need food and water yet, but if needed they can come out as soon as they've dried off completely. Ideally you shouldn't open the incubator if you have any eggs that's pipped as the drop in humidity can cause the hatching chicks to get "shrink wrapped" in the drying membrane. If you do open the incubator do it as quick as you can to minimise humidity loss.
     
  4. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See I am asking is because I have a couple different breeds in there and I am not a professional about telling which is which so I figured As they hatch I would get them out and put a little band on their leg but I guess that's not a good idea huh?
     
  5. FarmGirl01

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    I wouldn't do it. You can use "hatch baskets". Little baskets that will contain each breed. I use them to seperate chicks so I know the parents.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't know what your incubator looks like or how many of each you have, but it gets pretty chaotic in there. That's not a practical solution.

    Either put a good divider in there that they can't cross to separate the eggs or use small baskets as FarmGirl mentioned. Maybe take some hardware cloth and bend it into baskets that can fit over the eggs inside the incubator at lockdown. Or come up with something similar.

    What breeds are they? Maybe we can tell you how to tell them apart based on down color?

    Good luck.
     
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  7. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A divider is a great idea! Thank you I will try this:) its a brand new genesis auto heat regulator and humidity screen with an auto turner. I have black copper marans and what will either be: black sex link girls, barred rock/ new hampshire reds boys, or pure new Hampshire reds
     
  8. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where do I get them/ do you have a pic? Thank you
     
  9. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought mine at the dollar store in a pack of two. I covered them with clean wire. Those little ones can jump out.[​IMG]
     
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