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Date Posted: 19:33:40 03/06/11 Sun
Author: Rhonda
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Subject: Re: temperature
In reply to: Dennis 's message, "temperature" on 19:15:49 03/06/11 Sun

There are links on the main page that will offer valuable information on hatching and raising chicks. Also, here is a info from Garrie Landry's site:

Collect eggs for seven days, store pointy side down, covered in bird seed
Incubate for 16 days at 99.5 degrees (Fahrenheit) (99 to 101 OK) lower: poor hatching, higher: kills chicks.
Ideal humidity 65%, especially crucial during last 24 hours
Leave newly hatched chicks in incubator for first 24 hours (they do not need to eat during the first 24 hours)
Move to solid wall box (with screen cover)
Add overhead heat source (25-40 watt light bulb) keep temp at 95, 24 hour a day for the first week, reducing temp 5 degrees every week
Water (not more then 1/4 inch deep) should be very shallow (i.e. lids to jars )
Food first week, food such as hard boiled egg, chick starter, CEDE egg food
DO NOT FEED MINI MEAL WORMS for the first 6 weeks, chicks confuse meal worms with their own toes, and OFTEN eat their own toes in error
They must have textured surface to walk on, like sand or indoor/outdoor carpet to avoid splay legs

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