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Should I take my chicks out of small incubator when they start to hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by molly1chickens, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. molly1chickens

    molly1chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a very very small incubator that can only just fit seven eggs but is a squeeze. When my chicks start to hatch I am scared they won't have enough space. Should I move them into something else like a spacious cardboard box with a heat lamp at 37 degrees on the last day/when I see them hatching?
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you take a pic of the bator please?
    When they dry I would move them into a brooder. They will lay on top of the other eggs and stuff. And once a chick hatches, a space opens.
    Happy Hatching

    BCP
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    That's what I do. If your humidity is over 70% there is no problem lifting the lid enough to quickly grab the chick. Make sure your brooder has a cool area for the chicks to move to if overheated. I cringe when hearing "heat" lamp and small brooder spaces. Way back when I used small totes a 60 to 100 W incandesent bulb was all that was needed. Kept to one end of the tote.
     
  4. molly1chickens

    molly1chickens Out Of The Brooder

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  5. molly1chickens

    molly1chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I have posted a picture of my incubator and eggs above. I will do that, thanks of the help! :)
     
  6. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW that is small lol
    Yeah when one chick hatches, just remove the egg shell and let the chick dry

    BCP
     
  7. molly1chickens

    molly1chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks so much! And yes it is so annoying I got it as a gift but it is so small! Would have got a bigger one if I could have chose.
     
  8. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would've too lol

    -BCP
     

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