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When to take chicks out of incubator??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LilBantams, May 11, 2016.

  1. LilBantams

    LilBantams In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2016
    I just had 1 chick hatch at 4:00 in the morning and two others hatched some time today (large). When should I take them out? I have about 5 other eggs (bantams) pipping right now.

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I take mine out when the hatch is over. Until then I leave the incubator shut unless I have an emergency inside. If I have an emergency, I open the incubator and take care of it. Impatience is not an emergency to me, though I think it is to some people.

    If you open the incubator there is a slight risk you could cause problems for the unhatched chicks. With the humidity drop it is possible you could shrink-wrap a chick that has pipped but not zipped. That’s where the membrane surrounding the chick in the egg dries out enough to shrink around the chick and prevent it from hatching. Some people open the incubator whenever they feel like it and either never shrink-wrap a chick or help the chick hatch if they do cause a problem. It’s a slight risk, but to me it’s not worth it, but some do it all the time.
  3. LilBantams

    LilBantams In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2016
    The chicks are panting very heavily though?
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    I started typing and realized Ridgerunner was in here and I might as well stop typing....lol

    LOL. We seem to always answer this question right behind each other. I'm the opposite camp as RR is. I remove my chicks as they hatch and become active. When answering this question I always say it's a personal preference. Many people wait until the hatch is completely over. Others wait until they are dried and fluffed up. And there are those like me who remove them sooner.

    There are precautions if you don't wait to remove that should be considered such as your humidity. If you struggle with keeping your humidity up longer is better. I run at 70-75% during incubation and it shoots up as they hatch and I take advantage of that. You need to also make sure that the humidity comes back up reasonably quick as well. It depends on your level of comfort.

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