Hatching Chicks in an Incubator

This is a video of our first chicks hatching out in an incubator. Our hens were not setting well, so we borrowed a local schools incubator to try hatching them ourselves.

We found that, while not difficult in theory, hatching eggs yourself is quite a challenge. Our incubators were not in very good shape, and you have to keep the temperature and humidity just right, plus turn your eggs. We had 2 explode when they went bad, but 5 chicks out of the 8 hatched.

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About nigerianmeadows

I am a homeschooling mother of 2 autistic children and cook gluten-free, I homestead on 2.5 acre and raise goats and chickens for dairy and eggs, I garden, cook, quilt, and take photographs. I build, paint, scrub, and dance on tables. I am the ultimate WOMAN!!! Oh, yeah, and I like my husband a whole lot (he is the one that makes all this possible, and he loves me like no other!)
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2 Responses to Hatching Chicks in an Incubator

  1. Robin says:

    We always keep a few bantam hens around – they have proven to be indredible sitters, and it is pretty easy to switch eggs on them. We even hatched a clutch of duck eggs under one petite girls – 6 huge duck eggs, one tiny banty hen! She was not pleased when they hatched and headed for the pond, though!

    • How funny! We got some silkies for that very reason, but only one hen has survived the county spraying pesticides. They seem weaker than my other hens. I never want to mess with mother-less chicks again!

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