How Long To Leave Chicks In The Incubator Once Hatched


Chicks and keets can be left in the incubator for up to 24 hours once they have hatched before moving them to a brooder.

Hi 4 of my japanese quails have just hatched this morning how long do i leave them in the incubator for?Shane

Hi Shane,
Congratulations on the hatch of your quail. They are lovely little chicks and look abit like bumble bees!
You can leave the chicks in the incubator for 24 hours without food and water as they will still be feeding on the feed sac from the egg.
When they hatch out their down feathers are damp and it is good to let them completely dry out and fluff up.

It is also good to keep them in the incubator for up to 24 hours after hatching if you have other eggs in the incubator as not all eggs hatch at the same time.

I have left quail, guinea fowl and ducks in the incubator for 24 hours before transferring them to the brooder. I make sure that I have the brooder set up before I take them out and have the lamp on so that the temperature is correct once they are removed fronm the incubator.

I hope this information helps. Let me know how your quail get on.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends

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