When should i remove newly hatched chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jay262, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Jay262

    Jay262 Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    I just had my first chick hatch he is 2 days early hatching how long should i leave him in there before taking him out. Normally in the past i have removed chicks soon after they dry but i have never had one hatch this early into incubation. Well he hurt the other eggs its like egg soccerball in there there bouncing around all over the place as he flops everywhere.

  2. you can get him now....just take a spray bottle and open the bator just a tiny bit spray and grab the chick to keep the hum. up so yiu dont get any shrink wrapped chicks also pics would be wonderfull!
  3. Jay262

    Jay262 Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    Alright thx he literally just hatched i will wait until he dries off i dont even have brooder setup yet he is like i said very early i wasnt expecting any chicks till late tommorow there is only one other barely starting to pip and that was a silkie egg and those were the ones i expected to be early in my experince bantams usually hatch early.

    I forgot i didnt post whats hatching there blue and black copper marans eggs i bought. I threw in 3 silkie eggs of mine to test fertility all 3 have grown to term and there was a mystery egg in there from the seller which turns out to be a amercauna. It will be a fun and exciting variety of a hatch i will have pics real soon.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2012
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Definitely wait until he's dried off. It's not going to hurt anything to leave him in there, even though he's knocking the other eggs around. They'll be fine. He can be left in there for up to 24 hours or even more.(When they absorb the yolk sac, they have enough food for up to 72 hours) You also want to avoid opening the incubator any more than absolutely necessary so you don't drop the humidity in there - especially if you have any that are pipped or zipped.
  5. i read in a book it was 48 hours after they hatch

  6. leirob007

    leirob007 Chirping

    Apr 4, 2012
    Upstate South Carolina
    and I pull when they are dry and pull discarded eggs to reduce the " soccer ball " effect.
    I also make " curbs " to reduce it by rolling up and wetting a few paper towels and laying them in there a few days before I pull my eggs from the incubator with the egg turner to the one I use for hatching. dose not effect the flopping chicks. but it does reduce the breakage in case of " bowling ball " syndrome. which only happened once to me.


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