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when to remove chicks from incubator

Postby Hog » Sun May 22, 2016 10:42 am

hi I have ten chicks hatched yesterday ,two more eggs to go its looking a bit crowded in there is it best to leave them be or should I take them out or remove the empty eggs .
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Re: when to remove chicks from incubator

Postby 3441sussex » Sun May 22, 2016 11:40 am

I usually take the chicks out of the incubator from about 6 hours after they have hatched as long has they are dry, fluffy and active.
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Re: when to remove chicks from incubator

Postby MrsBiscuit » Sun May 22, 2016 11:55 am

Ditto the previous post, as soon as they are fluffed up and dry and there are a few out to cheep and encourage the remaining eggs, then I take them out of the Incy and into the brooder. They can survive 24hrs without food and water as they are still absorbing nutrient from the egg, but by now yours will be ready for the next stage in their young lives :D
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Re: when to remove chicks from incubator

Postby Hog » Sun May 22, 2016 1:28 pm

will it not harm the remaining eggs because the humidity will drop if I open the incubator.
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Re: when to remove chicks from incubator

Postby 3441sussex » Sun May 22, 2016 2:19 pm

If you have had 10 out of 12 eggs hatch that is a good percentage and it is likely that the remaining 2 are not going to hatch anyway if they have not pipped yet. At this stage It will not harm your eggs if you remove the chicks and egg shells from the incubator and close it again. Your chicks need to be out of the incubator and in the brooder.
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Re: when to remove chicks from incubator

Postby dinosaw » Sun May 22, 2016 2:20 pm

If your quick then it should recover fairly quickly, if in doubt put a wet sponge cloth in when you take the chicks out to replace any moisture.
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Re: when to remove chicks from incubator

Postby dinosaw » Sun May 22, 2016 2:22 pm

Also the longer you leave them in the greater the chance of straddle leg in my experience.
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Re: when to remove chicks from incubator

Postby gazeds » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:03 am

I leave mine for 24 hours
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