When to remove?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CobraFnD, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. CobraFnD

    CobraFnD Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 7, 2010
    First of 45 hatched this morning around 8am. I leave for work tomorrow morning at 4am, and get home around 3. When should I take out the chicks that have hatched? I have 10 hatched so far, with lots of pips.it already looks to be getting crowded in there.
  2. kippy2

    kippy2 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 16, 2011
    about 1 day
  3. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

    Apr 24, 2011
    Roanoke VA
    my hatcher is fairly easy to get back up to humidity quick so i take them out once i've got a few to keep each other company, once they've fluffed... i've had more problems leaving them in, as they have a tendency to harrass hatching chicks more IMO.

    depends on your incubator but I use a shallow wide brim cup (plastic) and cram it full of paper towels, and soak them down until the paper packs down and water doesn't pool above it (drowning safety). once you've got the chicks out, put the cup under the fan and it'll crank the humidity back up quick...

    I do "lockdown" only in that the eggs get moved to the hatcher with much higher humidity than the (dry) incubator... i still open/close it regularly, but also constantly monitor the humidity and adjust as needed... but it works for me.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I would take them out. [​IMG]
  5. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    I take mine out once they are fully fluffified and able to walk around without being too wobbly. Right now I only have one brooding box, with a silkie that's getting big, so I want them mobile enough to not get squashed. Tomorrow I need to set up a 2nd brooder. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011

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