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When to open the bator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aglyphic creatures, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. aglyphic creatures

    aglyphic creatures Out Of The Brooder

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    Opinions please!!

    Day 19....pips
    Day 20....15 full hatches
    Beginning of day 21 (9 minutes in, lol)...can see 7 more pips
    So, my question is...

    When can I open the lid!!!!??? There are 52 eggs in there and I don't want to compromise the others that haven't pipped yet. All looked viable at lockdown. It will be 24 hours from the first hatch at around 7 this morning. Wait another 24? 36? The Cute little boogers have stopped playing soccer with their "shelled" siblings and have moved on to bowling! Maybe I should have started with less eggs....cause this "look but don't touch" thing is making me nuts!!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Chicks are ok for up to 72 hours after hatch. They still have a lot of the yolk in them and that provides nutrition. So. Leave them alone. And I feel your pain. I HATE watching them struggle over all the eggs and shells!!!!
     
  3. IamTheChickenWhisperer

    IamTheChickenWhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL!!! Congrats....this is why its always good...even with the styrofoamies to have a seperate one EMPTY (so hard not to fill them) [​IMG] where you can quickly gather up (have ya a basket handy) and move all those little soccer player into your "hatcher/dryer" in one smooth move. [​IMG]
    Personally my motto is if the last one is still wet let it be, but if you see dry ones panting...GET THEM OUT. As a rule of thumb mine stay on lockdown for 24 hours but I have had no issues opening real quick when need be. Just plan to go fast.
    Sit back and enjoy the view, count your chickens [​IMG] and relax, mother nature is a pretty smart gal! [​IMG]
     
  4. IamTheChickenWhisperer

    IamTheChickenWhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    PS Ive found that the warm eggs help keep them warm so not a biggie nor are the shells, BUT if you have TOO MANY eggs in there with no real space and they are on top of them and you are using a styrofoamie they CAN and WILL burn their heads on the element....just an FYI.
     
  5. aglyphic creatures

    aglyphic creatures Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!!! It's so hard not to flip the lid and snatch up all those fluffy butts! I'm sitting on my hands, but my eyeballs are stuck to the bator window, lol!!
     

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