Why incubate?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickensducks&agoose, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. I'm totally new to the whole 'hatching' thing, but am letting my B.O. have her way with a few eggs... why do you guys use incubators? is it sheer numbers of eggs? or the hens wont set? or the hatch rate is much better?
     
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    I incubate because I have no broody hen. If I did I probably wouldn't use the bator anymore.
     
  3. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    because the hens may break/eat the eggs/predators/cleaner eggs... i could go on and on..
     
  4. i think i prefer to have faith in nature, rather than keep temperatures and humidity level and to turn eggs and rely on electricity. I'm counting on Hen Power!
     
  5. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    because it is fun and I am addicted to it, I cannot get off of it! I need more eggs and more bators and ..well........."my name is JMAJORS and I am a hatch-a-holic!"
     
  6. Our problem is that the broodies (we have about 5 of them) get out of the nest box and the other chickens go in and lay THEIR eggs. The broodies then set these. I lift up a piar (ther were two of them in the same nest box) and gezz, 18 eggs were under their feathers behinds.

    Problem is, we do not know how long they had been there. We took them ALL and incubated then. Candled and ended up with 2 live chicks.
     
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    chickensducks&agoose :

    I'm totally new to the whole 'hatching' thing, but am letting my B.O. have her way with a few eggs... why do you guys use incubators? is it sheer numbers of eggs? or the hens wont set? or the hatch rate is much better?

    "is it sheer numbers of eggs?" [​IMG]


    "or the hens wont set?" [​IMG]


    "or the hatch rate is much better?" [​IMG] I wish!​
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

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    No broody hen means I must do it myself if I want chicks.
     
  9. Akane

    Akane Crowing

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    I don't even have a chicken of laying age so far from having broody and to get what I wanted I had to order shipped eggs instead of chicks.

    Being more involved in the hatching and care of the chicks is fun and makes them tamer and better pets.

    The hatch rate is much lower though which is why when I do have a broody my incubator will see a lot less use.
     
  10. The Monkey Mama

    The Monkey Mama Songster

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    I don't have broody hens yet - got some cochin mixes and some silkie juveniles - can't wait for them to grow up and go broody!

    I'll never incubate again if I can get a hen to do it for me and then raise the chicks as well! [​IMG]

    Kelly
     

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