When to remove from bator to brooder?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HHandbasket, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    We have our first eggs in the bator. They're doing well.

    When they hatch, at which point do you remove the chicks from the bator to the brooder? Out of 3 eggs we set in the mini-bator, at first it looked like all 3 were developing, but 1 of them has dudded-out at 1 week. When they do hatch, do you wait until everybody hatches? What if you have a bigger bator? We were just blessed with a large bator similar to the Reptipro 5000 & we want to try a large hatch here in a few weeks. DH is building an awesome brooder & we just were wondering at which point do we move the chicks from the incubator/hatcher to the brooder?

    Thanks everyone in advance.

  2. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Quote:You willwant to wait until all eggs that are going to hatch do so.. Chicks absorb the yolk and can survive up to 72 hours after hatch without food/water... If it gets to a point where you NEED to take the chicks out, take the bator into a steamy bathroom, take the chicks out and put them in the brooder.. Only do this if it is absolutely necessary.. Make sure the chicks are dry before you remove them in any case...

    Goddess [​IMG]
  3. CammieSilkie

    CammieSilkie In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2010
    Once they all hatch, then you should put them into the brooder. but first make sure they are all alive, happy, healthy, dry, walking, seeing, and peeping! :)
  4. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    I remove chick within the first 24 hrs after they dry off, so they can drink asap....with the cheap steroform ones temp tales a long time to recover temp and humdity , so try not to open it must.

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