1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

New to Eggs and Chicks!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PRUrbanFarmer, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. PRUrbanFarmer

    PRUrbanFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    39
    1
    26
    May 15, 2015
    Thought this would be the best place to come for advice from you wonderful people. I recently decided that I would love to expand my current flock of 5 light sussex and acquired a light sussex rooster. Now for the extremely new phase, eggs!

    What does someone completely new need to know before starting the en devour of incubating eggs and raising chicks? I am hoping that by doing this I can add 12 more hens to my flock for next summer, and keep exclusive to the light sussex breed. I am also hoping to sell a few pullets in the spring.

    But i have no idea where to start? Thank you for your time and patience.
     
  2. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Nutty Pigeons Premium Member

    1,758
    200
    201
    May 20, 2012
    MA/VT
  3. ChickadeeNMe

    ChickadeeNMe Out Of The Brooder

    69
    6
    38
    Apr 12, 2015
    Knoxville, TN
    Hey there and Welcome! I'm pretty new here too. I currently have some eggs in my incubator for the first time, so I'm right there with you. I would start by reading the "Hatching Eggs 101" article on this website, if you haven't already. I tried to attach a link for you, but for some reason I can't copy and paste here.

    What kind of incubator have ya got? I purchased a Farm Innovators 4200 and a Little Giant Still Air. I'm returning the Little Giant. It seems to be a death trap, as in one side of the incubator will be 106 and the other end will read 98. My advice to you would be (if you haven't purchased an incubator yet) to get a forced or circulated air incubator. They distribute the heat evenly and mine is working great. My eggs are due to hatch on Saturday!! Good luck to you!!!
     
  4. roberta k

    roberta k New Egg

    1
    0
    6
    Aug 19, 2015
    Hi. Also new to hatching eggs. So we didn't really handle the eggs all that much. In fact they still have quite a bit of poo on them. I know we don't wash them but can we use a soft towel and clean them up a bit before we put them in the incubator?
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2015
  5. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,329
    171
    178
    Jul 3, 2015
    Amo, IN
    Are your chickens laying in nesting boxes? Are they sleeping in their nesting boxes? Just wondering where they are getting so much poo on the eggs. Maybe you can change the setup so they won't poo so much where they lay. Otherwise, a gentle brush off of he poo might work. But hopefully some experienced incubators will speak up on this.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by