Posts Tagged ‘hatching’

Power Out? 3 Ways to Save the Hatching Eggs March 26, 2017 No Comments

Incubating can be such an adventure. As exciting as it is, though, there are also many things that can go wrong! When we rely on machine incubation instead of a broody hen, it’s a good idea to be prepared to save the hatching eggs in the event of an emergency power outage. Now, don’t let […]

Expert Tip: How to calibrate your hygrometer November 24, 2015 No Comments

Hatching eggs can be such a fun adventure!  It can be fraught with ups and downs, successes and failures… chicks and no chicks. It’s pretty easy to get NO chicks… but to get YES chicks, you want to calibrate your hygrometer properly. I was always an AVID hatcher, but I have to admit, it doesn’t mean I […]

6 Most Important Rules for Home Hatching February 6, 2015 4 Comments

Home hatching projects can be a great project to enjoy with your family. There are many things you will want to consider BEFORE starting up your incubator, though… and if you’ve never hatched before, there are some things you may not think of. If your vision of home hatching consists solely of how cool it will be to […]

Hatching Eggs: How I saved one “Lucky” chick September 18, 2012 22 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 […]