‘Hatching’ Archive

Laverne, the Godzilla of Broody Hens October 8, 2014 9 Comments

This post was written by Joyce. You have to admire the perseverance of a would-be mother hen.  I have a Salmon Favorelles named Laverne who would starve on the nest before she would give up being a broody hen, even when there are no eggs under her.  As a rule, when I’d like a broody […]

Feather Sexing: Why it Won’t Work September 30, 2014 6 Comments

Going to the feed store with my daughter to see the chicks in the spring is a favorite past time with her. Occasionally, we see a new breeds we’re interested in taking home with us. The signage often contains vital information about the chicks that help us decide which to take home. To us these […]

5 Reasons to Reduce Your Egg Candling March 31, 2013 324 Comments

Egg candling can be a most addictive experience.  Years ago, when I first started home incubation, egg candling would begin on the third day, and then happened again nearly every day thereafter until lockdown. I couldn’t get enough. Secluded in a dark room with a very strong flashlight, I would imagine my pile of eggs […]

5 ways to save money on chickens March 22, 2013 19 Comments

Can you save money on chickens? You bet! Keeping chickens is inexpensive and rewarding… and everyone seems to want to keep chickens these days. After all, chicken feed is synonymous with cheap, and you also get the benefit of beautiful, healthy eggs and fun pets. There is an upfront cost to get started, though, and that […]

Hatching Eggs: How I saved one “Lucky” chick September 18, 2012 26 Comments

My first attempt at hatching eggs did not go so well, but I had quite a surprising experience on day 21!  This unique experience made up for all the sadness and worry I had been going through with this batch of fertile hatching eggs. Three and a half years ago, when I was still fairly new to chicken raising, I did not own an incubator, […]

How to become Ms or Mr. Mother Hen – Hatch Day May 11, 2012 187 Comments

Hatch day–finally! I’m not sure how it can seem as if it takes forever to get here and also as if it’s hardly been 21 days, both at once. It does seem like it took no time and forever, though. So, there were no power outages during incubation that would cause  problems. The temperature and […]

How to Become Ms. or Mr. Mother Hen – Day 18 May 8, 2012 276 Comments

Day 18: LOCKDOWN. (Cue the “prison door slamming” sound effect.) Actually, I sort of hate that term, “lockdown.” Instead of locked doors, I’d rather be thinking of fuzzy little chick faces peering out of my hand.   But at the same time, calling it “lockdown” can be a good reminder.  It means, “After this time, […]

How to Become Mr. or Ms. Mother Hen – Day 14 May 4, 2012 182 Comments

You know, when I incubated in a styrofoam incubator, there was always a lot to talk about. I was always fussing like a silkie mom, though. Actually, I’m sure my family got silly-tired of hearing me talk about it. My husband, bless him for his patience, would ask me several times a day how the incubation […]

How to Become Ms. or Mr. Mother Hen – Day 7 April 27, 2012 569 Comments

I want to be patient, I really do.  It’s hard, though. I mean, you remember that feeling you’d get as a kid when your birthday approached? That almost unbearable anticipation? That’s what I have. Well, stop whining, Lissa. Act like an adult. You cannot open your presents early.

How to Become Ms. or Mr. Mother Hen – Day 1 April 20, 2012 1,379 Comments

I love hatching chicks at home. I LOVE seeing their first blinky-eyed look at the world outside their little egg. I love that when they’ve first hatched, I can put my hand inside the brooder, and they all rush to snuggle beneath it like I’m their mother hen. I love hatching beneath a real mother […]