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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.

There are many benefits to having a broody hen raise the chicks, rather than by a human. Even if the eggs are hatched via incubator or the chicks are from a hatchery, I personally think that the...
I find myself posting these photos quite often which is a pain from my phone so thought Id put them on a page to make it easy for me to link to when explaining the signs of a rooster. This is...
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...
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.
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:...
Easiest integrations EVER! But takes planning and facility setup.
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...
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...
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%.
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"...
You cannot hatch a perfect chick from an imperfect egg. It's just not going to happen.
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...
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...
GENETICS (Egg Color, Feathering, Inbreeding, etc) Kippenjungle's Chicken Calculator is a handy tool for anyone wanting to learn how genes interact with each other! Chicken Quest Gene CALCULATOR...
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...
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