We are so happy that 4 out of our 7 eggs hatched successfully! Here is my story about how we started this incubation process: I am Incubating Chicken Eggs! With a home incubation you can expect a 50% hatch rate. Since it was our first incubation we were hoping for 2-3 to hatch successfully. We had 4 hatch! The incubation process was fun and a great learning adventure with my kids. What is incredible to me about the whole thing is how fast it all happens. Only 21 days to grow an entire chick. God is an amazing creator!
For the very first egg that hatched we came home from the gym on Wednesday night just in time for our entire family of 5 to watch it come out of its egg. It was amazing! I got the entire experience on video and it was posted on Facebook Live. Here is the link to that video: https://www.facebook.com/groups/245329795925427/permalink/268324740292599/
We plan to buy our own incubator now. We will buy the Brinea Mini Advanced, which holds 7 regular size eggs for incubation: http://amzn.to/2nlGBuw
It was such a cool experience, we want to do it again! We can also buy a variety of different eggs. If you use the term “hatching eggs” on Craigslist you can find local farms that sell eggs for incubation. These hatching eggs would be eggs that are fertilized, so they can hatch. You can’t just put eggs from your grocery store in an incubator, as they aren’t fertilized eggs. Hens lay eggs, with or without the help of a rooster. If the rooster is involved then the eggs that are laid by the hens are fertilized. Grocery store eggs are not fertilized eggs. On Craigslist the Farms typically sell by the dozen for anywhere between $10-50 depending on what type of eggs/ chicken breed you want. I want to do silkies for sure. They are cute miniature chickens that are all fluff!
The brooder (aka big steel bin) came from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2nY9y2X. Here is some information about supplies if you ever wanted to hatch chicks yourself. I found the prices on Amazon to be great for buying our chicken supplies, so I also bought our chicken starter kit http://amzn.to/2nY9y2X
I also ordered from Amazon a light fixture with clamp http://amzn.to/2nYhjGb
The chicks need the temp of their brooder to be 90-95 degrees the first week and then you reduce the temp 5 degrees each week. You reduce the temperature by moving the light further away from their brooder. I purchased an infrared heat lamp light bulb to go with this light fixture: http://amzn.to/2n7kTsO
I even bought chick feed on Amazon. http://amzn.to/2n7knuw
It is a learning experience for both parents and kids who want to do a home incubation. I recommend having a home for your chicks before you even hatch them. It’s even better if you plan to keep them yourself! I have learned a great deal about the incubating process in the past few weeks and am happy to help anyone by answering any questions, if they plan to incubate as well. My friend Sara E. was very helpful to me during this whole experience! Thank you Sara!
Now we are enjoying our chicks until they go to my friend Becky (when the chicks are 3-4 weeks old). Our friends and neighbors have come to visit the chicks as well. These will be well socialized chickens before Becky and her family get them.