Incubating chicken eggs advice please

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jake Q, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Jake Q

    Jake Q Hatching

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    I have had many chickens in the past, but now looking to hatch out a small flock 2-3 which I have never done (always left it to the hens before). And was wondering how many eggs to get and what is the best method to incubate them (simplest and cheapest).

    thanks Jake
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

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    Hi :welcome Jake

    Glad you could join the flock! If you are thinking about incubating some eggs your self in an incubator this article is an excellent read https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
    It has all you need to know about incubating. There are many incubators available I would suggest you get the best you can afford. Or you can do a home made one. An auto turner is most advisable it takes a lot of the babysitting out of incubation. A good thermometer for measuring temp and hygrometer for measuring humidty also a must. If you only want 2-3 in your flock I would suggest incubating 6 eggs. Not all may hatch and you may have clears there are no guarantees with hatching eggs. Also hatching eggs means you have a chance of getting more Roos than you would want, if you want one at all. Being prepared for what you will do with any is a good plan in advance. The usual ratio for hens to roo is 8-10 hens per roo. Here is the link for the incubating and hatching section of the forum for all your incubating questions https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/5/incubating-amp-hatching-eggs

    Good luck with your plans and hope you enjoy BYC, I am sure you will :frow
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".

    Definitely check out the links that Yorkshire Coop gave you. They should contain lots of helpful information on incubating.[​IMG]
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I'm no hep with incubating so I'll just say good luck!
     
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  7. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    [​IMG]Welocme to BYC!!! It is an aweosme forum (the BEST in the world) and has a great comminity!!! Hope you have a great time and learn A LOT!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Yorkshire Coop has given you the best advice, Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock - glad you joined us.
     
  9. Jake Q

    Jake Q Hatching

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    Thanks very much to all of you. I will definitely read the article and do more research!
     
  10. CyndiD

    CyndiD Songster

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    Hi, i just received an automated recording from our power Co saying they will turn off our power from 11pm to 5am, June 4-5, 2015. How can i keep my eggs warm in my incubator during these hours? We do NOT have a generator, we DO have a woodstove? I am still in t/process of collecting my chicken eggs (4th day), should i just wait until June 5th, start collecting eggs all over again, until then?
    Any suggestions? Thank you
     

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