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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 Hatching

    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

    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.

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