wanting to start haching off eggs.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tara2003, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. tara2003

    tara2003 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2014
    I want to try and hatch off some eggs, But I don't know when would be a good time to start. I have 3 hens that lay and 2 roosters. Can someone help me with this please
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2014
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2013
    Hello, and [​IMG]

    Discerning what is a good time to start depends on a few things.

    What's the ambient temperature at night and day where you are? Chicks can cope if hatched in winter and adequately tended to, but for faster growth they do best hatched in the warmer months, generally.

    Do you have the facilities? It's always good to have a spare cage, you never know when you need to separate animals.

    Are you hoping to use an incubator or a hen?

    Generally speaking, a good time is when you're ready and the animals are in the best condition you can get them into.
  3. AVHalls

    AVHalls Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2013
    So.Cal./ High Desert
    You can start now. Generally they will need to be indoors for 6 weeks. It really depends on your set up.
  4. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Do you have a plan on where to keep them during the first 6 weeks?? many people brood just a few in their house, some use a barn with electricity, or in a garage. In all cases a heat source is necessary.

    About now is a good time to set eggs as in 3 weeks it will be much warmer and by the time they are ready to go out side the temps will be even better. OF course I am asuming you are in a northern state-- the southern states you can start sooner.

    Remember the little ones grow up to be big chickens. Be careful of chicken math!
  5. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    unless you get tiny chickens...but I doubt your laying flock is a bunch of tiny chickens!

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