Update!!!! Help...Chicks in bator....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lizrndiver, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. lizrndiver

    lizrndiver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    South Beloit, IL
    I have 20 newly hatched chicks in my incubator (Hovabator Genesis) I still have 3 pips and my temp is running 99.5 with a humidity of 81% since the last group hatched out 6 at once.

    Some of the chicks are panting. Is it too hot for them in there? Should I risk it and move them to the brooder?

    Should I try to reduce the humidity?

    Help....I don't want to loose any current chicks to try to hatch out my last 3.

    Last edited: Jan 25, 2011
  2. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    I don't know the answer but I will help bump you up and someone that knows can give you good advice. good luck
  3. lizrndiver

    lizrndiver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    South Beloit, IL
    Thanks....I hope someone answers.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I'm a total newbie at batoring. In fact, my first batch of eggs are still in the bator.

    However, from what I've read you can move the chicks to the brooder once they have dried. So, if they are panting and are nice and fluffy now I'd go ahead and move them. You don't want to decrease the humidity, since it needs to be high for the remaining eggs.
  5. Cass

    Cass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Albany, NY
    Not to be rude, but isn't this a numbers question? Do I save the 20 who are obviously in distress or do I risk losing 20 to gain 3?
  6. loot4louie

    loot4louie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2010
    Ringoes NJ
    Open and scoop them quick if they are dry or close. Open vents if humidity to high. I read on here somewhere that to much humidity can drown. I'm not sure how high is to high!
  7. Dixieangeln

    Dixieangeln Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    NC/VA line
    I am a newbie also, just set my 1st eggs tonight. But I believe I read somewhere not to remove any if you have any pips as they can shrink wrap... open the vent hold and that should help.. I read the chicks will be fine in there up to 72 hours.... hopefully your other 3 will hurry up [​IMG]
  8. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    I have just had my first incubation hatch, and was told that if I needed to have to open the incubator, have a water spray bottle with warm to hot water in it, take out the chicks as quickly as possible and to then mist over the eggs still in the incubator and this will help to prevent them from drying out and also boost the humidity level up quickly!
  9. montanamountainchick

    montanamountainchick New Egg

    Jun 8, 2010
    Raising Chickens for Dummies says that the humidity in the incubator should be 55% UNTIL the last two days, when it should be bumped up to 65 to 70 percent.
    I'm just quoting (pg 260). I have no personal experience. Hopefully someone wiser will advise you.
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Probably not a question anymore, since the original post was 4 days ago.

    lizrndiver, I would like to hear how you proceeded and what the results were.

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