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When to take them out?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by genevieve, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. genevieve

    genevieve Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 chicks hatched out and one pipped right now. Two eggs are rocking. When do I take the hatched ones out? They are fluffy, running around, and pecking the $h!t out of the poor one that is part of the way out of the shell. If I take them out will my humidity drop and doom the rest of the clutch? There are 13 eggs total, but I think only 12 are viable.
     
  2. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say take them out really quick! But im a newbie to this, im doing my first hatch next week. I dont know if that is the right answer but hopefully this will bump you.
     
  3. Farmer_Dan

    Farmer_Dan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can stay in for up to 4 days. If/when you take them out is dependent on you and your incubator mostly. Some people say to take the incubator in the bathroom and run the shower for a few minutes to get it all hot and steamy and take them out there.

    If you have a good incubator and can keep it only open for a few seconds, it might be best to take them out, but it's always a risk as you will be dropping the humidity and therefore potentially cause any unhatched chicks to get shrink wrapped inside the egg.

    Good luck with whatever you decide. [​IMG]
     
  4. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've also heard people say that if when you take out the chicks you have a warm wet paper towel to pop in as you take the chicks out, it helps replace the humidity lost. [​IMG]
     
  5. genevieve

    genevieve Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, now I am wondering if it isn't too dry in there- the hatched shells are dried out, the chicks are dried off- I don't have a humidity gauge in there. Maybe I need to open it up and add in more water anyways??
     
  6. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its not supposed to be wet in there just humid. You know hot sticky humid summer days don't make you wet, just sweaty. [​IMG]
    If your other chicks hatched fine, chances are, your humidity is fine. [​IMG]
     
  7. genevieve

    genevieve Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, the one is still stuck and it looks like one has pipped and quit... 4 came out OK so far.
     
  8. Eggscited

    Eggscited Out Of The Brooder

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    Wrap the "pipping" (drying out) eggs in a wet paper towel leaving the open area exposed. I've done that a few times for desperate cases in the past, and it worked for me. Good luck!
     
  9. genevieve

    genevieve Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I went in to check the one that has been partially out for two days now- some yolk had dried on its wing and stuck it to the side of the hovabator- I dissolved it off and freed it of the shell. Just hope I didn't wait too long and the others are OK- added lots of wet warm paper towels to the incubator hopefully the rest will be OK...
     
  10. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck, keep us posted. [​IMG]
     

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