When to take the chicks out of the incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by halecards, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. halecards

    halecards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When should I take my chicks out of the incubator? They're not wet, but they're not fluffy yet either. It's been in the incubator for at least 12 hours since it hatched. Thanks!!
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I leave them in until the hatch is done or a couple of days.....whichever comes first.
     
  3. Josh45640

    Josh45640 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a novice having only hatched one batch of 40 eggs. I took mine out as needed for room. Once I got about 8 or 9 chicks in there knocking other eggs around and stuff, I would remove them and the empty egg shells to make more room. They were like you said, pretty well dry but not fluffy. I ended up haveing 27 out of the 40 eggs hatch (LG still air) and they are all alive, well and fluffy.
     
  4. Badbaby05

    Badbaby05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I left mine about 12 to 18 hours. I found mine panting so I took them out.
     
  5. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually wait 2 days after the first one hatches. They are always good to go...
     
  6. petunias212

    petunias212 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as my brooder is nice and warm they go into the brooder. This amounts to 4-5 hours in the bator after hatching and they're not completely dry but they're okay and seem to do well.
     
  7. wagoncab

    wagoncab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When mine start panting and trying to get away from the heat,I put them in the brooder.
     
  8. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I take mine out as needed. As soon as they are fluffy and walking around a little bit.
     

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