If you’re anything like me I’m sure you’ve had hatching eggs in your incubator for weeks now. I have a tendency to hatch back to back, but even so every once in awhile I need to take a break and clean the incubator. A dirty incubator is a breeding ground for bacteria which can cause […]
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.
There is a very cute little chart floating around the web that is wrong. I just happened upon it while reading on my favorite chicken forums. It isn’t a huge deal, but it could throw you off a day, and I like being accurate. The question was whether Day One of incubation starts the day […]
When it comes to bringing chicks into the world, there are two methods to choose from. You can use an incubator or you can use a broody hen. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each.
As the promise of spring is creeping around the corner, some poultry lovers are ordering their chicks, poults and ducklings online from hatcheries, contacting breeders or (like me) calling all of farm supply stores to find out when their first chick delivery is. Other poultry lovers are filling their incubators to hatch out their new […]
At Sunday Dinner this past weekend with the family, my parents pulled two dusty treasures from their basement: their incubator – the same one which my sister and I witnessed chicks hatching for the first time in as children, and my grandfather’s brooder lamp. I was so excited I did a happy dance in the […]