Hatching Your Own Chicks

How to Provide

[ reposted from my Cappers Farmer blog: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/blogs/falcos-poultry.aspx ]

Hatching out your own chicks using an incubator can initially seem to be a daunting task.  My preference is to allow hens to hatch their own chicks, but you may want to use an incubator until you have a few great broody hens willing to do the work for you. In this case, a few pointers to go from a 20% hatch rate to an 85% hatch rate are in order.

Egg Selection

To ensure that the majority of your eggs are fertilized, have one rooster who is about two years old to four years old per 9-12 hens.  Select eggs during spring or fall for best results.  Select the best, unspoiled by dirt or poo eggs within a 10 day period of time.  Store potential eggs in an egg carton in a room which is about 65o F until enough…

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