over crowding in bator..what to do????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Myst4, May 28, 2008.

  1. Myst4

    Myst4 Songster

    Apr 1, 2008
    N.S., Canada
    Is it safe for me to remove some babies from the bator? I have 15 hatched, 8 pips and the rest nothing yet(out of 28 eggs). The hatched babies are climbing all over the place and seem to be running out of room in there. I have a great urge to put the dry fuffed up babies in the brooder to make room for the some others to hatch. Will it be ok for me to do this? I have opened the bator quickly(temp didn't even drop) to turn over an egg that was accidently put in pointy side up.....didn't have an effect on any of the hatches.
  2. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    Some people here will tell you not to, but I did. With that said, after I moved them over, I had a couple more hatch, but also two that needed help. I dont know if me opening it to move them is what caused the other two to need help, or three others to die in their shell. It's a decision you'll need to make. I dont even know what I would reccommend lol. I guess I'd say to leave them in there for as long as you can. I took mine out because they were trampling and hurting new hatches.
  3. Myst4

    Myst4 Songster

    Apr 1, 2008
    N.S., Canada
    Quote:Thanks for the advice....I will wait a bit longer and keep an eye on them to make sure none get trampled on.
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    I always have a brooder standing by, all warmed up and ready. Once the little buggers have their feet under them, I remove them to the brooder where they can rest. I syringe a little sugar water down their gullets, let the red lamp warm them and leave them alone for a few days.

    You can leave them in, or take them out. Just make the transition as easy as you can, whatever you do...
  5. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    David, can you expand just a bit on the sugar water?

    What's the ration of sugar to water, and do you boil it together and then cool it or....?

    I would guess you give it to them warm?


  6. VanSintjan

    VanSintjan In the Brooder

    May 23, 2008
    My last ones was born on Sunday lunch after a long hatch and Monday evening they were all eating start food and drinking on their own. I removed themone or two at the time from the bator about four hours after birth to the brooder. My husband lifted the top of the bator as little as possible and I took the chickens out. Humidity dropped from 75% to 72% but was back up again within 10 minutes. Temperature didn't move at all. We did this several times during the hatch and I have 11 healthy chickens out of twelve pip's. The twelft did not pip from the air sack but from the tip of the egg so I think it drowned. The probable cause of the dragging hatch was that we lost electricity during day 11 för eight hours.

    I have a very small incunbator and I do beleive that the hatched chicked and their talking to the chickens on their way kind of speeded the hatching up for the late ones. I think I will leave them in there longer next time but this hatch took too long. The first one would have bin in there for 32 hours if I left him. By then he was already eating and drinking.

    Good luck.
  7. Julie08

    Julie08 Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    I also remove mine from the bator once they are semi dry and on their feet. I find the cause to much trouble if I leave them in by messing around with the eggs to much.
  8. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I think if you do it quickly,you will be o.k. With that many hatched,I bet the humidity is pretty high anyway. You can mist the eggs with warm water,but you probably don't hve to. Congrats on your babies.
  9. Myst4

    Myst4 Songster

    Apr 1, 2008
    N.S., Canada
    Well, I did it.... I had to.....will tell more in other thread..
  10. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Dothan, AL
    I always move them from the hatcher when they get crowded. I have a large cabinet style hatcher and just add hot water to the humidity tray to help get the humidity back up quickly.

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