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I've never tried hatching chicks before

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jaseg, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. jaseg

    jaseg Out Of The Brooder

    May 19, 2007
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Hi guys, I'm sure this has been written about before in the forums in the past, but i've never hatched any chicks before so my first question is;

    After you have your incubator and everything is set, do I just take freshly laid eggs from the coop and put them in?
  2. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2007
    southwestern Michigan
    I never hatched chicks by incubator. Do you have a broody hen? I am not a fan of incubators. I think it is much easier to let the hen do the work, although I do realise that some breeds won't sit on their eggs or go broody. I think having a surogote broody hen will do the job. Buffs are excellent broodies and great mothers. I would think putting the eggs directly in a incubator would be ok, but I am not experienced with them so I can't say 100%.
  3. chrissieg

    chrissieg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just as long as you have a rooster! [​IMG]
  4. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    there is a really interesting article in the learning center on this ...definitely got me thinking.
  5. setting_silkie

    setting_silkie Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2007
    You just want to make sure that you put all the eggs in at the same time. It's best to have them all hatch out at the same time. Dealing with chicks of different ages can sometimes be a bear...they are so picky!!
  6. setting_silkie

    setting_silkie Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2007
    Oh yeah, and just like Chisseig said...you gotta have a rooster in order for them to be fertile!! Otherwise...no chicks.[​IMG]

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