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Hatching chicks

Posted by chickluv none (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 28, 13 at 11:18

This is my first time using an incubator. I had one chick pip on day 20, it has been very active and peeping loudly but was not making any progress after the initial pipping. After about 45 hours I finally removed the shell from the head and it emerged. I wasn't sure it would survive but it slowly seems to be gaining strength and starting to stand and wobble around the incubator for brief periods. I see from previous posts that the chicks absorb the yolk and don't really need food or water for the first 3 days but since it took this one so long to emerge, how soon should I try to move it to the brooder box and offer food and water? It also has a piece of the sack stuck to it's back and right wing, do I leave it alone or try to remove it? Thanks!


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RE: Hatching chicks

It's always best not to help them. The healthy chicks have no trouble getting out of the shell. I am almost always sorry when we have helped. The chick should be removed to the brooder by the 2nd day. Good luck with your hatch.


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RE: Hatching chicks

Thanks for the response! The chick is doing great, in the brooder and peeping up a storm!


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RE: Hatching chicks

Check out Backyardchickens.com someone always seems to be quick to respond to questions.


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