13. Chick Removal From Hatchery
period that is normally recommended between hatching and removal
of chicks from the hatching unit or incubator is about 1 to 24
earliest elapsed time before removal is usually about 1 hour.
The ideal chick must be able to walk well and has dried fluffy
down. If the chick is still wet, it should stay in the Hatcher
even if all other chicks are ready for removal. A wet chick
becomes quickly chilled and often dies soon after removal.
eggs do not hatch within 24 hours after the first hatchling
emerges, open the hatching unit and remove all dry chicks. Leave
wet chicks until they are dry and strong. It is best to remove
chicks at 18 to 24 hours intervals after the first chick
hatches. If chicks are still hatching when the Hatcher is
opened, it is important to quickly remove dry chicks and close
the Hatcher before the humidity drops too low.
primary reason for not allowing the chicks to stay in the
Hatcher for longer periods is excess dehydration of the chicks.
The chicks have enough food reserves to provide their bodies
with nourishment for 3 days. They do not have additional
moisture reserves and can become dehydrated if left in the
Hatcher too long. A dehydrated chick is identified by looking at
the scaly portion of the legs (shanks). If the shanks are smooth
and rounded, the chick is normal and does not immediately need
water. If the shanks are angular and show sharp angles on the
front and backs, they are dehydrated and in a stage of stress.
Be sure that plenty of cool, fresh drinking water is available
in the brooding area.