Incubating Chicken Eggs Summary

March 10, 2009
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Wow, that was a huge learning experience.  Hatching out our own chicks didn’t work out like we had planned. 

To sum up the results:   We finally had one chick…then another…then several more that started to hatch but didn’t make it.  A couple of days after they hatched, the light bulb went out that kept the two chicks warm.  We found them sprawled out barely chirping.  Replaced the warm bulb and gave them water.  They quickly perked up.  Chick one died at 3 days old.  Chick two died a couple of days later.  We’re not sure what we learned from that except that we have a hunch that it had something to do with the fact the hatch time was very long due to the humidity being off? 

Ohh well, try again!


6 Responses to Incubating Chicken Eggs Summary

  1. Lisa
    March 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Don’t feel too bad. I incubated chicken eggs in the basement as a homeschooling experience (in inner city Cleveland!). Many of ours hatched, but then some promptly drowned in the dish of water I put out. It was disconcerting, but you’ll figure it out.

    By the way, I love your site. Buying a farm and raising animals and vegetables has always been a dream of mine. I’ve been toying with the idea of planting every square foot of space on our small city lot with veggies!

  2. March 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Beth,

    It’s quite long, if you’d like I can post it in the comments section. Let me know, or email me. I will email you.

  3. March 11, 2009 at 7:42 am

    we would love to see your tips! We are seriously thinking about a egg turner…they have been reading about that…

  4. March 10, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    We have hatched a couple of batches, we’re on our third now. I have some instructions that a friend gave me that have helped us greatly. We have had roughly 80% hatch success rate. If you’d like me to send you my info, I would be happy to. You can email me.

    It’s a dry incubation method. My son bought his incubator at a garage sale. It’s a little giant, I think similar to yours. We have an egg turner that REALLY helps I think. When I read how often you had to turn your eggs that really made us happy to have one. Might be worth the investment.

    We always enjoy reading about what is new with you on the farm! Would love to see pictures of the leghorns coop.

    Grace and peace,
    Debra

  5. March 10, 2009 at 11:15 am

    aww that is so sad poor little chickies… Hope things go better next time. keep us posted. Hugs