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Raising Chickens: Tips to Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens: Tips to Raising Chickens

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  • Hatching Chicken Eggs Incubator VS The Hen!

    Hatching Chicken Eggs Using an Incubator Instead of A Chicken can be a great learning experience for you and your family. Just 21 days from the Egg to the Chick if you do it correct.

    Hatching Chicken eggs

    Incubators:  So here is 2 of my current incubation systems for hatching chicks. First one is an older model 1202 Sportsman cabinet incubator and then when they are ready to hatch they move to my forced air Genesis Hovabator.  First time I have tried this system. Eggs in hatcher right now are first trials. 2nd method is a Light Sussex Hen. Wonder who will have the best success rate:)

    I find that every time the Broody hen will win but I usually have good hatch success rate with my fresh eggs I collect from the different breeds of Chickens I raise. I have a lower success rate from eggs I purchase online and have shipped through the mail. Many things can happen to the egg that is being shipped so if you choose to purchase your eggs and have them shipped just understand you usually will end up with a %50 or even lower hatch rate. Sometimes it will be better when the best of care has been taken in packaging and shipping of the eggs.

    It is an excellent way to get many other breeds you may want to try that are hard to locate at places like your local farm store such as Tractor Supply, Farm Fleet, or Family Farm and Home. Usually these stores will just carry your basic heritage chickens such as Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Ameraucanas, and newer sex link breeds.

    Whatever your method of hatching eggs using an incubator make sure you follow the instructions very carefully that come with your incubator. hatching eggs leaves very little room for mistakes and can lead to disappointment.

    One of my favorite places to visit is My Pet Chicken.  They have a great guide that you can read  if you really are serious about hatching your won eggs.  Check it out.  It is also a great place to pick up day old Baby chicks if you do not want to hatch yourself, or to buy hatching eggs to try your hand at hatching.

    Happy Hatching!


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