Question: how long keep chicks in incubator

rfrank1991

Hatching
10 Years
Mar 20, 2009
5
0
7
My first egg just hatched in my incubator about five minutes ago, and is currently in there with 15 other eggs that aren't due to hatch for another 14 days. I'm actually not going to be home tomorrow to make sure its alright in hte brooder I've made, so would it be ok for it to spend tomorrow in the incubator? That woudl make the total time from hatch about 20 hours...
 

jenjscott

Mosquito Beach Poultry
11 Years
May 24, 2008
3,701
35
256
Southeast Arkansas
it will be just fine in there in the bator till you get back tomorrow. My often stay at least 24 hours until I move them into the brooder.
 

rfrank1991

Hatching
10 Years
Mar 20, 2009
5
0
7
have you ever seen a newly hatched chick actually crack other eggs in the incubator?
 

Akane

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 15, 2008
4,654
51
251
I purposely leave another chick or 2 in the bator to yell and knock things around. It encourages the others to get moving. My hatches take much longer with more space between chicks hatching if I remove them all. I've never had them harm another egg. They have pecked at other eggs but it's always because they saw movement and it's only helped the one that was trying to hatch. Chickens can survive for about 3days without food or water. Most do try to move them within 2. Quail are different and I have had hatched quail chicks harm hatching chicks but never the chickens.
 

SoccerMomof7

Songster
11 Years
Apr 13, 2008
1,024
1
184
Kansas
That is the same questions I have I just had my first chick hatch and it's the beginning of day 20, and no other movement with the other eggs. Is my little guy going to be okay?
 

Ole Mule

Chirping
12 Years
Nov 5, 2007
61
1
94
South Carolina
I had one pip yesterday day at 7 pm "day 19" this morning he has zipped all the way around and is still in the shell. I am going to let nature take its course. I will not open my bator I still have eggs waiting for day 21 which is tomorrow Sunday March 22.
 

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