When Incubating, if a chick hatches........?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Farmin Momma, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Farmin Momma

    Farmin Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2012
    Mill Creek, Wa
    If a chick hatches either a day early or the others are a day late, should I leave the hatched chick in the incubator or should I move it to the brooder by it's self?
  2. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    From what I read, if the others are not hatched yet and you only have one hatched do NOT open the incubator...if you do you will run the chance of shrink wrapping the other chicks... The chick can be in the incubator for up to 3 days so I heard.
  3. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    Wasilla Alaska
    When I lockdown I don't care if a chick pops out that day, I leave it in lockdown till the end of the 21st day. I leave any early hatchers in there to chirp away to encourage the others to pip. Plus them running around bumping the eggs helps get the others to get the show rolling. Now if I have say 30 hatched and 6 not even pipped, on day 21 I'll quickly pull out the tray, set the 6 back into the hatcher and move the 21 to the brooder. Then I'll give those non hatchers a few more days, if not out by then they are going to make it into my brooder. If there is one or two that have pipped, I'll leave the door closed to give them a better chance. I've opened it before and they got shrink wrapped and died in the shell, so no more of that. Just do what works for you, learn from your errors and keep on hatching.

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