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Date Posted: 16:59:54 07/17/08 Thu
Author: Trina
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Subject: Re: How long to hatch?
In reply to: Rhonda 's message, "Re: How long to hatch?" on 23:14:36 07/14/08 Mon

I'm here Rhonda!! *Waves* Hi Dave, that was quite a fast hatch compared to some. In my experience it can take anything up to 24 hours after the initial pip, 4 hours is pretty fast. You have to be patient but also have to look out for signs that a chick is struggling if it is taking them a very long time. When they first pip they rest a while in order to fully absorb the yolk into their tummy, if you try to assist a hatch before the chick is actually fully ready then they usually die unfortunately. If you ever have a chick who is taking ages to hatch then we can advise you on what to do, it can be hard knowing when you should help, some people prefer to let nature take its course, but others can't bear to see a chick struggling as they can end up just dying of exhaustion. As Rhonda said, you should try not to open the incubator in the last day or two before hatching as high humidity in the final few days is crucial to a successful hatch, too little humidity & the chick can find it hard to hatch & worse case scenario can become stuck to the shell membrane, in hich case he can't get out.

Is your bator all set up & running again now Dave? Fingers crossed this time!!

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