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Why do people use incubators...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RW19290, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. RW19290

    RW19290 Songster

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    I've always wondered....


    Why do people use incubators?

    Why can't they just let the hens do what nature intended?
     

  2. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Hens are TOOOOO slow, and they couldn't hatch as many eggs as a big old Sportsman can LOL!!!!!
     
  3. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

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    They are easyier to schule.
     
  4. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    The chicks can be handled more and end up being tamer than chicks raised by mama hens.
     
  5. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Songster

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    I use an incubator because I had no chickens and this was the way to get started..now when they grow up it might be a different story..but I had to start somewhere like a lot of others..
     
  6. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

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    Because the Broodiness has been bred out of a lot of the breeds, so if you waited for Nature to take its course, you would have a lot less chickens.

    Broody hens dont have a on/off switch.
     
  7. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    not everyones hens go broody too so that's another reason [​IMG]
     

  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Because broodies don't always work out.

    My last broody had 8 eggs. 7 didn't develop. The last died in the shell a couple of days before hatch. Sad day for my children when we did the eggtopsies.
     
  9. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Songster

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    [​IMG] I can hatch eggs from hens i don't even own and have never seen [​IMG]
     
  10. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

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    You can get more eggs hatched and determine when they get hatched. Some breeds, like the S/S Hamburgs, do not set on their eggs.
     

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