When is the earliest I should move my chicks to brooder?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jenni B, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Jenni B

    Jenni B New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Oct 14, 2010
    Hi, I'm new here. I'm in the middle of my first hatch and I'm wondering about moving my chicks to the brooder. I've got 30+ cotunix quail eggs in the incubator and three have hatched (day 17), today around 3pm, 4pm, 5pm. It's 10:45pm and they are still wet, is this normal? When should I move them to incubator, I've read 24 hours but I had one chick hatch early, day 16 and I waited until morning (not sure when it hatched) but it was still wet and dead in the morning. I've got my humidity at 65%. Anyway, would love some advice. Is it okay to move them in the morning even if they are still wet (we are leaving for church in the morning and I don't want to wait until we get home to move them).

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    9,491
    30
    293
    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Best to wait till they are dry....about 24 hrs. but little longer will not hurt. They need the rest ,after hatching too.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by