So I have six eggs, and 6 days left til hatching time ( I think ). I have 12 chickens and a rooster. My son wanted to learn about where chickens come from so we bought an incubator and here I am.
Day 18 seems to be an important - do not turn anymore period. So I'm good with that. But... my question is, should I get a separate chicken coop for the babies when they get older? next to my original chickens? Should I grab the broody hen and give her the eggs to let her hatch them? Can I keep her with the chicks while hatching maybe she'll adopt them? Should I forget about my broody hen altogether and just start another chicken group? My husband is going to have a conniption if I start building another coop and fenced area. (I cant have them run wild, my dog wants to eat them - he's a hunting dog) ;) Any advice is greatly appreciated. I mean, who knows... I might not even have any hatch! They are brown eggs so it was hard to see through, but I see an air pocket... and the rest seems solid. (hoping for the best!)