Letting your broody hen hatch out and raise baby chicks is the easiest way to add to your flock. No smelly brooder to clean, no dangerous heat lamps – just let the broody momma do what she does best!
The three days before hatch day are typically known as “lockdown” – the time you stop turning your eggs to help the unhatched chicks orient themselves for hatching, and also to help raise the humidity in the incubator to the appropriate level for a successful hatch. Because there is important stuff going on in there, […]
Cleaning your incubator is incredibly important to the success of hatching eggs. Even if you washed your incubator out the last time you used it or if it is brand new. Dirt dust and germs can find their way in and contaminate your eggs. Your should clean your incubator before you use it, each time […]
When you first bring your new chicks home, or hatch out some eggs, you will need a place that the babies can call home. This is called a brooder and there are lots of different ways to create a brooder. I will share with you 6 ways you can create a brooder, maybe even out […]
The anticipation of waiting the 21 days for my hens to hatch her chicks is almost more than I can bare. I watched and waited while Mammie and Scruffy carefully rotated their eggs to ensure equal warmth and coolness among their eggs. I delivered food and water to them, and they have both fussed me […]
Whether you’re a novice or an experienced homesteader, many times you’ll wish there were step-by-step instructions on how to do things around the homestead. Here is a quick run down, in just 10 easy steps, of how to hatch your very own chicken eggs.