Why do you hatch??

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Songster
11 Years
Mar 8, 2008
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Virginia
Why do you put them in an incubator? Why not just leave them under the hen?

Just curious, I have no REAL chicken experience. I'm ordering my first chicks on Friday.
 

jkcove08

Songster
12 Years
Apr 12, 2007
972
4
161
Iowa
You can put them in a bator when ever you want. As far as leaving them under the hen, you have to wait and see if she will go broody and then she might not stay broody. For those of us that use bators all the time, a broody is just a bonus. If I have a hen go broody I will usually candle some eggs from my bator and then put the good ones under her to finish hatching. This gives her something to hatch and me more room in the bator. It is a win win situation..
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silkiechicken

Staff PhD
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
13 Years
Jan 25, 2007
21,494
1,052
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Everett WA/Corvallis OR
1) I can control what the breeds of the birds are 100%.
2) I can control what day I want them to hatch.
3) I can hatch them any time of the year. No waiting for a broody since most breeds don't set.
4) I don't have to rely on a hormonal bird to reliably sit on eggs and then care for chicks. They do and will get up and stop sometimes.

And...
5) How else could I set 60 eggs all at once? Momma hen would do best with about a dozen or so if she is a large breed.

Plus, I get to see them hatch!!!
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Wooden_Pony

Songster
12 Years
Aug 9, 2007
1,096
3
171
Mushroom Mardi Gras Land, CA
I put mine in the incubator because I do not have broody breeds of hens so for me to get chicks I have to incubate them.

PLUS, it is a blast for my kid's to watch.....................ok and for me to watch.
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Nothing like ALWAYS questioning yourself on your incubators temps, humdity setting, candling experience, ect. It makes for a thrilling experience when you finally get a pip.
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Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
7,502
84
301
WV
I like hatching...sometimes its a wait and see if a hen will go Broody for you...I like the idea of hatching chicks when I want or need them...Online here if I see a breed that I am interested in I can ask for eggs and within a weeks time have them in the incubator.....

This time of year you have to wait til the weather co-operates to be able to order chicks from a hatchery, they can die too easy from shipping...
 

MsMcChick

Songster
12 Years
Oct 3, 2007
170
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129
Mid-Michigan
My DD says I have a God complex...i like to control EVERYTHING! DH would probably agree
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I agree with what everyone else has to say as far as
1) i can do it when i want to
2) i can control what goes in and comes out
3) i can do it any time of year (and i frequently hatch all year even though i live in MI)
4) i don't have many broody hens
5) i have 'sneakers' who sneak in and leave me extra eggs in the nest where the broody's are, then i have to wait until the feather out to figure out what i have
I have had several times (usually perfect for my dd for fair time) some hen sneak off and i think she's been plucked for good, then 21 days later she trots out a brood of her own. Last year it was 13 babies who DD took to the fair, the year before it was 10...but we never saw them until they finished up the job (hence the CONTROL problems, LOL)
 

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