Hatching Eggs Anytime Soon?
Here is an interesting article for our chicken coop customers.
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Are you thinking about incubating eggs? It’s actually quite easy. When I was younger we would actually hatch eggs in our room. All you would need is a cardboard box, light bulb (plugged in), and wet sponge. We would wet the sponge and turn the eggs twice a day and could hatch the eggs without our parents finding out. Well, just until they heard the excessive chirping…
Today incubators are quite inexpensive. In fact most of them are super simple to use without the need to wet a sponge or rotate eggs manually. You can spend around $18 for a smaller one or you can spend upwards of hundreds and even thousands of dollars on a large one for hatching hundreds of eggs.
When looking at incubators, be sure it has an egg rotator so you do not have to do this manually. It does get quite time consuming in the 21 day period it takes to hatch eggs if you do not have this. Also it helps to have one with a thermometer & hydrometer but the hydrometer is not entirely necessary. A thermometer can even be added later on. A chick’s embryo begins to grow at 86 degrees Fahrenheit but when incubating eggs you want the temperature to be set at 100 Degrees Fahrenheit. A hydrometer is not entirely necessary for hatching your own chicks but if you do get one you want the humidity to be around 55 percent.
Also do not forget to add water to the incubator. I had a friend who was trying to hatch eggs and knew nothing about adding water to the incubator and they literally cooked the eggs. Another tip is if you have small children experiencing eggs hatching for the first time. Keep the incubator closed. You must stress this to them or the chicks will never be warm enough to grow.
Do not help the chick out of the eggshell! Many people do not know this but the chicks are basically apart of the eggs. They have to slowly peel themselves away from the shell on their own. If you force the shell off of them they can bleed to death.
The other best option to hatching eggs is to collect a dozen or so and place them under a broody chicken. She will hatch the eggs effectively and even teach the chicks survival skills and how to forage for food etc. This is a more natural approach, but some argue that they are giving up an egg layer by allowing her to hatch more eggs. Whatever you decide, you cannot make a wrong choice. Baby chicks are fun and exciting & have a way of bringing friends and family together to play with them.