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We have new hatched eggs but what now?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by newish-to-this, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. newish-to-this

    newish-to-this Just Hatched

    2 of our 18 eggs have hatched in the past hour or so. How long do we need to wait to take them out of the incubator and into a warm broody box? I'm assuming wait till dry, but we have an open container of water in our homemade incubator and I worry they may fall into the water.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    They need to dry off first. Chicks can go for at least 36 hours without water / food, so don't worry too much. If you can put marbles, clean stones in the water, it will stop your chicks from drowning.

    This link should help you out further, I hope. - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-your-baby-chicks, as will the relevant section in the Learning Centre.

    Good luck!
     
  3. newish-to-this

    newish-to-this Just Hatched

    Thank you. I will try and find some kind of screen or something to put over the water container as well as some clean rocks in the bottom.
     
  4. newish-to-this

    newish-to-this Just Hatched

    Chick update. 7 out of 18 eggs have hatched, 3 are trying. The first 4 have been moved to the brooder box and have started eating. My kids are extremely excited. [​IMG]
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Great news! Fingers crossed for the others
     
  6. newish-to-this

    newish-to-this Just Hatched

    Fingers crossed. But this hatch will be spread out over the next few days. It took us a few days to fill the incubator out of our coop.
     

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