Hatching Eggs & Raising Chickens

Hatching baby chicks from eggs is an exciting and rewarding process. Learn how to incubate eggs, take care of hatchlings, and properly care for brand new fluffy chicks.

CANDLING PICS: Progression Through Incubation Thanks to ZooMummzy, I am doing a test run of my little plywood bator and her little rooster! And I'll be sharing pics! These images are all taken...
Many of us want to hatch chicks, but how should we do it? A broody hen, or an incubator? Below are some of the aspects you should take into consideration when making this decision.
Eggs failing to hatch can be a disappointing and sometimes costly experience and finding the cause of the problem can and will help prevent future losses.
I've talked about this before on other threads. I'd like to say it was my own brilliant idea, but actually I saw a video made by a woman who broods her chicks outdoors using a heating pad "cave"...
I brooded my first chicks the way most of us learned to brood chicks...in the house, in a big box, with a heat lamp. It was a hoot at first, having all those adorable baby chicks right where we...
Each spring I see countless cries for help from people with a day-old baby chick who is terrorizing the other chicks in the brooder, pecking at their eyes or plucking out their down. It's...
Should you assist a hatching chick or not? Anxiety at this stage is tremendous for the first timer and they can quickly misinterpret the well being of their chicks and prematurely intervene with...
Easiest integrations EVER! But takes planning and facility setup.
The Beginner's Guide to Incubation This guide is intended to help people new to incubation learn how to properly incubate and hatch eggs. It will walk you through how to incubate and hatch most...
This is an explanation of what is happening each day as a chicken embryo develops, complete with candling pictures. The egg I am using is a silver spangled spitzhauben. Definitions you may need:...
Relative Humidity (RH) “humidity” – simplified, is the amount of moisture present, relative to the amount that would be present if the air were totally saturated. This is usually expressed as a...
This is an assisted hatching guide for all poultry. It will walk you through what you need for and how to do an assisted hatch for all species of poultry, as well as what to do to assist...
My early brooders Six years ago when I got my second batch of day-old baby chicks, I thought I had arrived at the ultimate solution for a brooder. I had just joined BYC and stumbled onto a...
So you want to hatch yourself some chicks and you’re ready to collect eggs and toss them in the incubator. Wait! There are some things you should know to maximize your success, and get the most...
Studies have found that the incidence of embryos unable to hatch due to malpostions varies from 1.2 to 1.8%, with an average of 1.5%.
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