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mousjoos

Noob poultry question

I was given some Indian Runner eggs & stuck them in my new, & very basic incubator; 28 days later (last evening) I found a yellow fluffy thing staring at me, with 2 more in the process of "coming out of their shells"

My question to the panel is "how long after hatching can a chick stay in the incubator without being cooked or suffocated?"

I'm assuming there's a period after which they need to drink & feed

btw I phoned a lady who is in the know with these things & she told me if a chick had started to break the shell, I should continue to remove it so the littl'un didn't wear himself out in the process

Of the 3 that hatched (2 having help) 1 died this morning, & the other 2 are under a lamp & seem fine

I'd be interested to hear what other people have to say on this as it was a "suck it & see" type of thing at the beginning & I feel now I was under prepared

Thanks in advance
Nicky Colour it green

chicks can do a couple of days without food or water as they absorb the yolk to see them through the first bit - I imagine it is the same as for ducklings

Ideally you don't open the incubator whilst there are some pipping as this will mess with the humidity and they may dry and become stuck - better to leave them to it. I tend to open up about 24 hours after the first one hatched if i cant see any pipping and remove the fluffy chicks/ducklings. You really shouldn't need to help them out of their shells and I understand part of the hatching processes is for the chick to break the membranes and absorb the yolk in the process on the way out, saying this I have tried to help them out before when they just couldn't break out themselves - having tried for 12 hours, and mostly they die anyway - perhaps because they werent right and hence they couldn't get out, or perhaps because of being helped. In general, helping is a bad idea, IMO
mousjoos

Thanks, I wasn't really sure if it was a good idea

Will know next time

Thanks again
Nicky Colour it green

ducks are harder than chickens, to hatch in an incubator, so not a bad result for a first go with a new incy
mousjoos

Feeling quite chuffed as it goes Very Happy
Nature'sgrafter

I agree helping them out is never a good thing most of the one's I've tried it with have not survived.
But well done with the hatching so far.
mousjoos

Thanks, 2 more overnight....1 actually tapping the cover of the incy

1 however looking a little like the other who didn't survive, so keeping an eye on things
mousjoos

another hatched a midday

all doing very well at the moment
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