To The Brooder or Not??

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  1. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so I have 12 eggs in the incubator, and their due date was today, but only one so far is up and at it, I was told to leave the chick in the incubator, but the other chicks haven't even cracked the shell yet, the ch hatched 5 hours ago. Should I put her the brooder for food and water? Thanks! :D
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    It's a personal decision. I usually try to wait until I have two before moving the first ones, but I usually have more than one at least pipped in the same time frame. If you don't have any others pipping it could be 24 hours or more before you get another hatcher if they hatch. You will be told don't worry about food or water, they don't need it for 2-3 days after hatch. Not all of us are comfortable with that. I don't usually leave mine in more than 12 hours and that's just hatchers that hatch at night. If you are comfortable moving it, do so. But be prepared for a loud chick because only chicks usually are very lonely when they don't have a hatchmate.
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with this. She Knows Me So Well.
     
  4. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, then I guess I'll move it, because it is already peeping a lot in the bator. Hopefully the others will hatch later tonight or sooner, so it's not alone too long. Plus, by tomorrow morning, it will havegone without food and water for about 15 hours. Thank you so much for all the help you've given me since I started the hatch!! :D;)
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Lol you and a lot of others. :gig
     
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  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I wouldn't count on hatchers tonight if no one else has even pipped. It can take a matter of a few hours to 24 after the pip to actually hatch. I don't worry about the feed so much as I do the water. Most all of my chicks are drinking within hours of hatching and going to the brooder. A few will start pecking at the food within the first 24, but a majority of them don't really show interest until the second day. But I think hydration is important.
     

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