Time for Lockdown....how long do I keep chicks in bator after hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ventura974, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Ventura974

    Ventura974 Out Of The Brooder

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    Greetings BYC friends after the whole ordeal of losing power and being worried about my eggs everything turned out ok. I candled eggs several times and they seemed ok. My question is once I set my eggs on lock down how long do I keep the chicks in the incubator after they hatch? Also after they hatch do I feed them starter/grower crumble right away or should I wait? or should I feed them something else? All of your helpful tips are appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    leave them in till they're mostly dried. have your brooder warmed up and ready to go before transferring them over.

    they are able to go for 3-4 days on their yolk sacs alone, but we have crumble available immediately upon placement in the brooder, as well as water.

    some add electrolytes and/or sugar to the water. we just use plain old water.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Some people leave the chicks in their incubators to dry out, I personally take them out when they hatch and their shells and put them in a nice warm brooder. I keep the brooder between 95 and 99 degrees. Just my opinion. My hatches have been fine...
     

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