Official BYC Poll: Why Do You Incubate/Hatch at Home?

Why Do You Incubate/Hatch at Home?

  • I haven't tried it yet!

    Votes: 22 14.7%
  • To get the highest quality breeds.

    Votes: 24 16.0%
  • To develop new varieties/crosses.

    Votes: 31 20.7%
  • To witness the miracle of hatching.

    Votes: 70 46.7%
  • To educate and inspire my children.

    Votes: 26 17.3%
  • To know my chicks from the moment they hatch.

    Votes: 52 34.7%
  • For the super rare breeds I can't get from hatcheries.

    Votes: 22 14.7%
  • To control all medications, vaccinations, feeds, etc.

    Votes: 11 7.3%
  • So my broodies can become mothers, and raise the chicks naturally.

    Votes: 46 30.7%
  • Other (elaborate in a reply below)

    Votes: 27 18.0%

  • Total voters
    150

early riser

In the Brooder
Sep 15, 2021
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I hatch because they beat me into submission...
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I like to keep my flock as naturally as I can. I much prefer to let the broodies hatch and have many mixed breed hens in the flock now. The last two times I introduced new breeds into the flock by buying hatching eggs.
It's a nice way to introduce new genetics into my very mixed flock.
I have to do nothing more than manage the broody while she is incubating and she does the rest of the work for me. I don't have to integrate chicks. They are accepted into the flock.
I do not keep my flock for breeding purposes (obviously). I keep them for stress relief, entertainment and the fresh eggs.
I love keeping all my animals as naturally as possible They all speak the same language and I, as the outsider , can partially enter into their world I find chickens have a very elaborate and caring social structure My 8 roosters and 19 hens all free range peacefully together Any chicks are just part of the group They seem so happy flying out of the coup in the morning, laying in the sun, eating fresh beautyberries Even hearing a rooster alarm sends the hens and babies scurrying but seeing the roosters standing bravely makes me love the guys even more They are so handsome and proud of their flock

I know it's a lot of work to be a good mother so I appreciate a good hen I have raised chicks myself but never again When I hear the little orphans crying it breaks my heart Seeing the little heads peeping out from their mother's feathers is such a delight

Their happiness is what makes me happy
 

AgnesGray

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
Mar 8, 2019
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4,232
426
Ohio, US
My Coop
My Coop
It was hard to choose just three. lol We love hatching though for a number of reasons.

One reason that has stood out this year is that my deliveries from a hatchery we've used in the past have gone really badly. I've ordered from them twice this year and over the course of the first week, more than half of the chicks have died. I have 5 brooders, all doing well except for the mailed chicks from a certain hatchery. Same as last time I ordered from them. They refunded a few that died in shipping, but kind of insinuated that I was doing something wrong. The other annoying thing is that it cost $55 to ship them in the first place. Five of the fifteen I just reordered with credit from last time have died and I think we are done. My mailed poults from another source are all thriving and now out on grass, but most hatcheries don't have the breeds this one does. Maybe it's one of the stops the chicks make between them and me, but it's a lot of wasted money and lost chicks that don't generally happen just hatching them at home.

So we're back to hatching! My silkies will be happy. :)
 
Aug 7, 2020
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Hatching chickens can be a fun and educational experience for the entire family. How cool is it to watch a small egg turn into a tiny life! And of course, when these chicks grow up, your understanding of chickens and their life cycle can be quite rewarding, something you will never forget.

Everyone has their reasons, but we would like to find out: Why Do You Incubate/Hatch at Home?

Place your vote above (top 3 reasons), and please elaborate in a reply below if you chose "Other".

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Further Reading:

(Check out more exciting Official BYC Polls HERE!)
 
Aug 7, 2020
78
97
81
Hatching chickens can be a fun and educational experience for the entire family. How cool is it to watch a small egg turn into a tiny life! And of course, when these chicks grow up, your understanding of chickens and their life cycle can be quite rewarding, something you will never forget.

Everyone has their reasons, but we would like to find out: Why Do You Incubate/Hatch at Home?

Place your vote above (top 3 reasons), and please elaborate in a reply below if you chose "Other".

View attachment 2843398

Further Reading:

(Check out more exciting Official BYC Polls HERE!)
It's economical because of the free eggs and we don't mind mixed breed chickens. Our best layers are EE.
 

TropicalBabies

Hanging loose 🌴😁🤙
Jun 12, 2018
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Kauai, Hawaii
I checked "other"
Being on a small remote island has just a few draw backs. Shipping being one that went from decent to pretty *bleeping* bad- even our feed stores have quit or slowed their orders due to big loses around 2-3 years ago and also weather.
So, I thought I would pitch in because of our food insecurities during a pandemic, promote self sustainability and chicken therapy to my neighbors and provide breeds that are a little harder to come by but do well in our climate, friendly, pretty and lay decent.
I'm an older gal with extra time and resources, having a project that keeps me at home and my neighbors safer is good.
I do both/all- incubators and broodies. Though, I prefer incubator as I can control amount, breed and outcome better. The amount of space that gets commandeered by a broody as opposed to peaceful flock, plus the terrorizing of the flock by a broody 😬 I usually separate chicks from mom early so why put her through that to begin with unless I have a chronic.

I don't normally get to keep any of mine, rehoming down to the roosters. Vetting is time consuming. But the whole process is very rewarding. I love learning and improving my breeding, providing help and a good value for my island neighbors and the friendships that I have formed in the process.
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What is there not to love about these beauties and this process?!!
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