Hatchling eggs in an incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Raising Chickens, Jul 20, 2020.

  1. Raising Chickens

    Raising Chickens Administrator Staff Member

    So why would anyone bother hatching eggs in an incubator when hatchlings are so readily available from local breeders, farm stores, and mail order? Here are some of the many reasons:
    • You wish to maintain a sustainable flock that acclimates to your particular locale
    • You are working to restore an endangered breed
    • Your chosen breed may not feature reliable setters or good mothers
    • Your facility’s conditions may not encourage broodiness
    • Local wildlife or household pets may disturb the hens’ nests
    • You may wish to keep your hens laying, which stops when they start setting
    • You are trying to produce the perfect show bird
    • You want to raise hatchlings outside the normal brooding season
    • You want more hatchlings than your hens are able to hatch
    • You are seeking a fun and educational activity for your children or students

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  2. Emma Cardona

    Emma Cardona New Member

    I love hatching my chicks I get to watch them from being hatched to maturing to a adult chicken.
  3. Patricia Kephart

    Patricia Kephart New Member

    I want to make a small incubator to hatch a few eggs.
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  4. Alicia wells

    Alicia wells New Member

    We just hatched our first batch of chickens. The feeling is best described as like a kid on Christmas. ❤️
  5. Bonnie Chavera

    Bonnie Chavera New Member

  6. Bonnie Chavera

    Bonnie Chavera New Member

    My beautiful 3 lavender orpington, 4 leghorn hens, and 5 golden comets were murdered by the neighbors dog who broke down our fence and into the coop in the middle of the night. I took the offspring and incubated them. 2 days ago they were born. They are all so cute and speckled. Looks like a pen exploded in there lol. My friend who gave me the orpingtons still had 1 rooster and hen so I am incubating 6 orpington eggs currently
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  7. Amy Gray

    Amy Gray New Member

    Me myself, my girls go broody, almost to much lol there is NO replaceing a momma hen. She teaches them more than I ever could. They become more birds!
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  8. Samantha

    Samantha New Member

    We were given a few eggs for “my kids to hatch” and here I am trying to educate myself

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