The Incubator is Here!

We’ve been trying to get our hands on an incubator since August. I have several roosters and a bunch of beautiful hens and it’s just time for me to admit that I have a chicken/chick addiction! I LOVE everything about hatching new chicks, it’s like magic, and I never get tired of it. Until now we’ve just used broody hens to sit on eggs and that works really well, especially when the hen finds a quiet spot in the barn and you don’t know she’s got eggs until they’ve hatched. However, the broody hen method is unpredictable, unreliable, and if they go broody in the nest box, it takes up valuable egg laying space.

I decided to look into getting an incubator and giving it a try. This one holds 41 eggs at a time and so far I am very happy with the way it is holding temperature and humidity. We loaded it up with some fresh fertilized eggs this afternoon and we’ll see what happens. I will check the eggs in about a week for signs of embryo development by candling them – which is basically just shining a flashlight through them to see what’s inside (kind of like a chick ultrasound).

I have no need for more chickens, I just like to hatch them. Most of these chicks will be available for sale to anyone wanting to start a backyard flock or add some new additions to an existing flock. Chick here for more info on our breeds.

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