Will my thermometer hurt my hatching chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stinkysneakers, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. stinkysneakers

    stinkysneakers Out Of The Brooder

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    I have my bator thermometer resting on top of my eggs right now and they're starting to pip. Will leaving it there be a problem? Do you think it would hurt the chicks trying to hatch underneath it?
     
  2. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    Why do you have a thermometer there now?

    Why not move it below the eggs during the hatching phase?

    You will have to move it sooner or later unless you can teach a chick to balance it on her head.
     
  3. stinkysneakers

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    The Incubator instructions and all the advice I've seen says to place it there during incubation for the most accurate readings. Putting it on the floor or sides is not recommended. But nobody says what to do with it once they start to hatch.
     
  4. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I am willing to bet you can take it off now that they are hatching.........

    However, it would be cool to see a picture of a chick balancing a thermometer on it's head.
     
  5. MeepBeep

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    You are not incubating any longer you are hatching, putting it on the floor (and mostly ignore it) is perfectly fine at this stage... Just don't go and try adjusting the temps if they have been fine throughout the incubation, if they were fine though out incubation they are fine for hatching...
     
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  6. stinkysneakers

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    Hahaha, if only!
     
  7. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    Yeam what meep said,,DO NOT TRY ADJUSTING TEMPS NOW~~ LEAVE IT ALONE


    speaking from experience you will kill chicks if you change it now...........I have a hard time leaving things alone,,,sigh
     
  8. stinkysneakers

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    Thanks y'all! It's hard not to mess with it. I'm knitting like a mad woman trying to keep myself busy!
     

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