Bringing your very own chicks into this world can be fun and exciting, but also incredibly nerve wracking. It’s very important to do as much research as possible before hatching chicks, whether you’re using a broody hen or an incubator.
The very first step in that research is to understand the basics of hatching chicks. Ask yourself some simple questions and dig to find the answers.
Will you be using a broody hen or an incubator? If you’re using a broody hen, how do you know she’s truly broody or will be a good mom? If you’re using an incubator, have you turned it on and done a test run to be sure it works? Do you know how to handle and store the eggs before setting them?
All these questions and more are answered in this easy to understand article.
From selecting the perfect broody hen to testing out the incubator, and taking care of those precious eggs before setting them, there’s a lot to consider. Begin your journey here!
This post on hatching basics from 104 Homestead will give you all the basics to prepare for this fun and exciting journey!
Here’s an excerpt from the post:
“Whether it’s the hen won’t leave the nest or you get growled at every time you walk by, some sign will present that you have a broody hen on your hands. The key to success with a broody is that you make sure she is in it for the long haul. As some of you may remember, I had a very successful broody hatch in January, but an epic failure in February because my broody decided not only was she done, but she wanted the eggs destroyed.”
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