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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Michelle Godwin, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. Michelle Godwin

    Michelle Godwin Hatching

    Feb 20, 2015
    I am so happy to join this group. My husband and I received some eggs and wanted to see if we could hatch them. We made a incubator and struggled to get it right. Today 2 of my eggs are opening and I hear chirping. We started with 12 I am perfectly happy with however many make it. Now I need advice on what to do next? Thank you
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop

    Glad you could join the flock! Congrats on your eggs begining to hatch. Once your eggs begin to pip and make the small crack in the shell they could be upto 24 hours before they start to zip around the shell and actually break out. Try to be patient and let nature take its course, helping can often cause more harm than good. Try to keep your humidity high at least 65% so they don't become stuck in the shell. Once hatched they are fine to stay in the incubator for upto 72 hours, I like mine out and in the brooder by 24 - 48 hours though or when hatch is complete.

    Your brooder should be set up before they are ready to go in so that its warmed through for them. Do you have a heat source ready for them? Lamp or electric hen/heat plate are good. Your brooder should be draft free but well ventilated. Food and water available. Make sure they can't drown in the water of you have an open waterer adding clean marbles is a good idea so they can drink between but can't drown. Food in a shallow bowl so when you put them in you can tap your finger in like mother hen would do to show them where the food is. Dipping beaks gently in the water to helps so they know where it is.

    Here is nice article on raising chicks https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...ks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens

    Wishing you the very best of luck with this hatch and keep us posted on how your eggs do :frow
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  4. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    Greetings! Welcome to BYC! Feel free to browse around the site. It is a great resources and I'm sure you will find answers to all your questions here!

  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    Yorkshire Coop has given you some good advice, and TwoCrows has provided you with some helpful links. Good luck with the hatch!
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2015
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] So glad you joined us. Do visit learning center on raising baby chicks.

    But get your coop plans going. And start getting it built. They will grow faster than you imagine and you need to have it ready in 5-6 weeks.

    Good luck.

    Feel free to ask questions, we are here to help.
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Good luck with the hatch! I hope you get some adorable chicks.
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Yorkshire Coop has given you very good information. Glad you joined the BYC flock

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