When to remove poults from incubator?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by JewelBirds, May 2, 2017.

  1. JewelBirds

    JewelBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,
    I put in four eggs on Saturday, and the first hatched a day early on May 1st in the afternoon. The last three hatched early this morning between 2-4am. I am just wondering now that all of them have hatched, should I remove them right away into their brooder? I have it set up for them already, heat lamp, food, water and all. Also, when should they start eating and drinking after hatching?

    This is my first time hatching eggs, and so far I've been lucky with hatch rate. Though the first egg I had hatched, she died a day later due too much handling, I believe. It was a hard lesson to learn, but I've definitely learned from it. Now I just want to make sure I make proper steps with these poults to ensure their well-being. There are 12-14 more that will be hatching next week, and then a couple eggs that my hens weren't laying on so I had to take them in (not sure if all 5 eggs I took are alive as they were cold when I found them). There's at least 9 that my two hens are currently laying on, so if all goes well hopefully I'll have around 25-30 poults.

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  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    I'd wait until they're dry, then move them out. Congrats on the hatch! They're adorable!
     
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  3. JewelBirds

    JewelBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All right thank you! :)
    When should they start eating/drinking? I know the yolk provides them with nutrition for three days, but should I try to make sure they get water after they're moved?
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

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    I give chicks food and water as soon as they're in the brooder. Dip their beaks in to make sure they know where it is.
     
  5. JewelBirds

    JewelBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay sounds good. Thank you for your help.
     

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