Out of curiosity and the desire for knowledge....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SarahBeth9394, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    Why do you all incubate and hatch your own eggs? I know yall have lots of different reasons from "it's a business" to "it's just fun" and I'm really dying to know. Who knows maybe I'll do it one day. So please tell me why. And for those who have chickens why do you prefer incubating yourself over letting moma hen?
  2. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    For me it's a first experience and I want to say that I've done it.

    Second reason is because I feel that my roo to poulet ratio will be better than purchasing them from a store. I don't trust hatcheries. They have to get rid of the roos somehow and I don't want to end up with more roos than I need. I once bought straight run chicks and ended up with all 12 of them roos.

    Third as for a broody, I have one. But she's not in a separate pen and I'm not currently set up for that. I'd be afraid the other hens would kill the babies.
  3. HobokenChickenEmergency

    HobokenChickenEmergency Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    We homeschool, so it's partly a science project.

    I agree with Chicky Tocks about straight runs being mostly roos. Call me paranoid. LOL

    Also, we have conflicting laws here. We're only allowed 6 chickens, but you have to buy a minimum of 25 at the feed stores. Makes no sense to me. Plus they don't have the breeds I wanted, so here we are.
  4. mac80103

    mac80103 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2009
    I have an day old chick order coming from McMurray early next month. In the meantime, a friend gave me a hova-bator turner, so I figured I may as well buy an incubator. I have 15 eggs in there now, not even a week yet, but it is fun, and I am excited to see what hatches.

  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    You can get chicks when you want them, you don't have to wait for a hen to go broody, then scramble around trying to get eggs you want to hatch under her.
  6. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    I am just starting out and will incubate eggs to begin with. My reason is that I hope to purchase them from a breeder (probably from here on BYC) rather than a large hatchery. By doing this I feel that I'll be getting birds that are bred for better temperment and quality.

  7. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    This way, I can get the purebred chicks from good breeders. Most times you can't get that from hatchery stock.

    I'm hoping to breed some Ameraucanas that lay well. We'll see how I do.
  9. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    i just love to hatch eggs, and want to do my part to help the chickens take over the world! i hatch out between 100 and 150 eggs most months, but did 300 this month so far. william
  10. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've started it for 2 reasons. We homeschool too and it's a great learning experience for the kids. The second is because I'd like to start breeding certain birds. It's easier to get eggs from the smaller, better breeders. This way I know that my birds will be closer to the standard and who their parents were.


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