Hatching Chicken Eggs - Steps

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  1. Hello,

    For the first time I try thise method... successfull..

    Using an automatic incubator

    I got pictures.

    Steps ---> How to hatch chicken eggs

    Comments?

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  2. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    WAY too many pages for me , I made 5 & then NEXT . crappy web forum , way to much bots & adds. I'll note all from you now , since twice !!
    Backyard chickens , read there ,
    I made my incubator, brooder , scalier & de-feather machine & we just today did 89 birds , Ducks & chickens for next years meat .

    Sloth
     
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  3. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    Why not free range and let the chickens do all the work?
     
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  4. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Depends on the teeth of the chickens over the other critters .
     
  5. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    Teeth?
     
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Alpha critter in the yard
     
  7. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    I understand the pecking order, but my grandfather used to free range his chickens at the farm and there were always eggs and fried chicken....

    I have to note, I know nothing about chickens except how to cook them.
     
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  8. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    When I lost half my flock in one afternoon to a mama coyote and her pups or a pack of dogs I stopped free ranging. They are not "happy hens" when something is chewing their ass end.
     
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  9. Aeason

    Aeason Monkey

    I let my chickens and turkeys free range lose a few to varmints but seem to stay ahead with the hens hatching. When we find a hen sitting we add eggs. Our dog watches the place when we are at work even scanning the air for hawks, could come in handy one day to alert for drones lol.
     
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  10. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    I used to use a couple of styrofoam incubators with air movers and auto turners. Had good success with them, even hatched a few goose eggs out in them one time. I used them because I could put 36 eggs in each one. Have yet to find a single broody who could handle 3 dozen eggs in one setting. At the time I was raising some rare breeds so it was worth the extra hassle, but these days I prefer to let the hens do the work.
     
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  11. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    lets see , Coons ,marmots , weasel ,hawks eagles ,rogue dogs & feral cats ,to mountain lions & then two legged coons who steal.
    What is the length of a chickens teeth ?
     
  12. After setting up an incubator for its temperature,humididty and ventilation, select for the best fertile eggs and incubate. Now resist the urge to help with the hatching process , rather leave it to happen on its own time. Once the chick is free from the egg, let it dry off in thw armth of incubator before shifting to brooder
     
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  13. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    Don't freak out about the incubator being a couple degrees off one way or another. Mother hens don't set on their eggs 24/7. Some are right under her and some half under her so the temps vary. I once lost power to my incubator for 17 hours and still had a 95% hatch rate. And although I know it's a no-no, I will help a chick hatch if they have been pippin for a long time and are still trying, but only after the last chick has hatched normally. I have had a few die on me but most grow out normally. I believe in giving life a chance.
     
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  14. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Same here T . R
    Lost a few & helped many
     
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  15. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Crow found a hole in the bird netting over my chicken yard this morning , didn't quite get a shot off before he found his way out .
    I've read that to get a hen to brood they need to be in the dark a while.
    I can afford to give it a try, and i'd prefer that hens raise the chicks rather then artificially doing it.
    I know it takes more patience but I can afford it.
     
  16. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Hang a dead crow or two around , they learn quick & leave , Use 22lr bird or rat shot
     
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