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homemade incubators?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChuckenGirl, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2007
    Maryland :)
    can i see pics of yours, to get an idea?

    and i have an incubator question:

    once the chicks are taken out of an incubator do they NEED to go to a brooder or can they go to there momma's right away?
  2. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    A momma that didn't hatch them herself is more likely to kill babies than care for them. So yes- they will need to be brooded.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    use the search button on the blue bar above here, and search on "homemade incubator", there are lots of threads and no point in repeating all this everytime someone asks [​IMG]

    If you have a broody who will accept them, it is said you can do that, but it is riskier than brooding them yourself.

  4. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2007
    Maryland :)

    can you just make a hen go broody or is it a natural process
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    It is a natural process and you will find that not all breeding lines of hens are broody. For the sake of production it has been bred out of them. Better get the brooder fired up!

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